TCU coach Gary Patterson apologized Tuesday for using the N word in a confrontation with a player in practice on Sunday.
Patterson’s apology follows an accusation from former defender Niko Small of Horned Frogs, who – in a tweet removed since then – claimed that Patterson was using the slur for players. Redshirt freshman linebacker Dylan Jordan later tweeted that Patterson used the blemish on Sunday when he advised Jordan to stop using it at team meetings, causing at least part of the team to miss training on Monday.
TCU Chancellor Victor Boschini said Patterson has not used the blemish against any player on the team Dallas TV station KXAS-TV“He said to ask the players to stop using it,” said Boschini. “He has since apologized this way and said it was a learning moment for him and many others.”
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Here’s how the confrontation between Patterson and Jordan happened, according to a tweet from the latter:
After the confrontation, Patterson met a leadership team – including center Kellton Hollins – to discuss how to move forward from the event, as well as the severity of what he said, regardless of the context.
The incident is the latest in which players have used their platforms to demand systematic change from their universities and teams in race relations, following nationwide protests that demand the same. In the Big 12 alone, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy received heavy criticism after wearing an OAN shirt that almost led Chuba Hubbard to walk back to boycott the 2020 season.
“I apologize for using a word that is not acceptable in any context,” Patterson said in a statement. “I have always encouraged players to do better and get better, and I have to live by the same standards. Our players, past and present, have always been the strength of the program. These men are and always will be my motivation and drive . “