Towson Football Coach’s Language Under Scrutiny – Should He Watch His Tongue? [POLL]
The following is a letter written to Towson University authorities concerning the language used by Head Football Coach Rob Ambrose toward his players; and in particular his Christian players.
Language that would be considered at the very least disrespectful to their religious beliefs.
Question for you is as follows…should anything a coach says in a locker room either prior to or after a game be considered “off limits?”
After all, it’s football…and here in these here United States, football is king!
Head Coach Rob Ambrose has openly disrespected and mistreated members of the team on a consistent basis.
This is also true of the Defensive Coordinator Coach Matt Hachmann. Please excuse the language but this is a descriptive example of a statement coach Ambrose made following a practice during the week of our game against St. Francis this current season.
In as exact words as possible he stated: “I do not care what your religion is. I do not care if I offend anyone. But even if Jesus and his disciples come in here on Saturday, we are going to fuck them up and get them the fuck out of here.”
That particular statement offended many players on the team especially those with strong Christian beliefs. On top of that, there are many other questionable things said we believe are crossing the line of ethics. He has also made remarks on the lines of ruining players lives to the point where they would not be able to transfer to any other school if they cross him to a certain extent.
Some members of the team are scared to speak up because of the perceived personal repercussions if the coaches caught wind of it. But it has gotten to the point where many players have talked about quitting even in the midst of winning games.
The letter continues:
We are held to a very high standard as student-athletes to do the right thing on a consistent basis regardless of it is popular or not.
In return we expect the same thing from the coaching staff and the athletic department. We have a very sincere love for our University and we know you do as well. We take it upon ourselves to represent the school well on and off the field because we know it is a privilege to be able to do so.
We are sending this message in hopes that this urgent issue will be addressed and that the wrongs will be corrected in ways the University sees fit. We appreciate you taking the time to hear our concerns.
I find it ironic that in some locker rooms, the name of Jesus is invoked, or references to God are made in a communal prayer setting…and some have a fit!
Same with this, albeit in a different sense. Here Jesus’ name is being invoked in the same sentence with an “f” bomb.
Coaches do what they have to do to motivate their teams getting them ready to play. It’s football!
And yes, while I might try a different approach to fire up my team were I in that position, if, in the opinion of this coach it means using the name of the Lord in vain…so be it!
What say you?