(Headline USA) Texas Tech University suspended men’s basketball coach Mark Adams this week over a complaint that Adams shared a Bible verse that school officials deemed “racially insensitive.”
According to the school, Adams encourages a player “to be more receptive to coaching and referenced Bible verses about workers, teachers, parents, and slaves serving their masters.” The player then complained to administration officials that Adams made a racially charged remark, according to 100Percent FedUp.
“Upon learning of the incident, [Texas Tech Director of Athletics Kirby] Hocutt addressed this matter with Adams and issued him a written reprimand. Hocutt subsequently made the decision to suspend Adams effective immediately in order to conduct a more thorough inquiry of Adams’ interactions with his players and staff,” the school said in a statement.
Adams reportedly defended his comments, saying he was “quoting the Scripture.”
“It was a private conversation about coaching and when you have a job, and being coachable,” Adams told Stadium. “I said that in the Bible that Jesus talks about how we all have bosses, and we all are servants. I was quoting the Bible about that.”
Adams is not the only athletic coach to be punished for expressing his faith in the workplace. University of Colorado football coach Deion Sanders has also come under criticism from leftist groups for praying with players.
The prayer, led by one of Sanders’s team staffers, allegedly read, “Lord, we thank You for this day, Father, for this opportunity as a group. Father, we thank You for the movement that God has put us in place to be in charge of. We thank You for each player here, each coach, each family. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.”
The university responded by forcing Sanders to undergo training with the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance, so that he can better understand “the University of Colorado’s policies and the requirements of the Establishment Clause.”