Greg McDermott to return to coaching duties at Creighton
Greg McDermott will coach Creighton during the Big East Tournament, according to the University on Monday. McDermott had been suspended for all team activities after making racially insensitive comments during a postgame speech on Feb. 27.
OMAHA, Neb. (KLKN) — Greg McDermott will coach Creighton during the Big East Tournament, according to the University on Monday.
McDermott had been suspended for all team activities after making racially insensitive comments during a postgame speech 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.
In a statement, Creighton athletic director Bruce Rasmussen reiterated that McDermott’s comments did not reflect the University.
“Coach McDermott’s use of the ‘plantation’ analogy was egregious and has absolutely no place in our society,” Rasmussen said in the statement. “His remarks have cause significant hurt to many on our campus and our community.”
McDermott missed Sunday’s win against Butler to finish the regular season. Before the game, five Creighton basketball players explained in a short video why they were hurt by coach Greg McDermott’s remarks in his locker room talk following a loss last weekend. Shereef Mitchell was one of the five players to speak. In his part of the video, he explained the harsh and dehumanizing conditions slaves endured on plantations.
McDermott did publicly apologize for the incident twice before being suspended.
“I immediately recognized my egregious mistake and quickly addressed my use of such insensitive words with the team,” he said in a statement last week. “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.”
McDermott will participate in the “Racial Equity Institute” with other leaders on campus to better understand racism, according to a press release.
Creighton’s first game in the Big East Tournament is schedule for Thursday.