Creighton basketball coach suspended for insensitive comments

Creighton men's basketball coach Greg McDermott has been suspended from all team activities, the University announced late Thursday night. 
Greg McDermott

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Creighton men’s basketball coach Greg McDermott has been suspended from all team activities, the University announced late Thursday night.

McDermott is being heavily criticized for insensitive comments he made during a postgame speech after a loss on Feb. 27.

“Guys, we got to stick together. We need both feet in. I need everyone to stay on the plantation. I can’t have anybody leave the plantation,” he said that day.

McDermott addressed the comments in a statement on Tuesday.

“I immediately recognized my egregious mistake and quickly addressed my use of such insensitive words with the team,” he said in a statement. “I have never used that analogy and it is not indicative of who I am as a person or as a coach. I am deeply sorry. I have apologized to our student-athletes and to our staff, as well as to President Hendrickson and Director of Athletics Bruce Rasmussen.”

Per a news release, McDermott will miss Saturday’s home finale against Butler and could be subject to further discipline.

Read the full statement here:

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