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  1. Lucrece says

    I kinda actually feel bad for him. I think the suspension was a bit excessive.

    Some reprimand would’ve been appropriate for a first-time offender.

  2. bobbyjoe says

    Wow, I actually think they handled this well. It seems fair, and with the money towards the intern and the Coach’s continuing work toward public service on GLBT issues, they didn’t sweep this under the rug, and they’re using the incident to genuinely work with the GLBT community. I was afraid they’d just give the coach a verbal slap on the wrist and then he’d return to privately throwing around the f-word, but he seems sincerely contrite. It’s rare to see an organization deal so productively with this kind of incident. I’m impressed.

  3. PM says

    I feel sorry for him too, but that’s a fine redirection of money and programming attention.

  4. AsherStClaire says

    i thinks this is a bit much too. I understand if he lost his mind and went on a tirade but he slipped and tried to make ammends. I think making the man cry is a bit excessive.

    And did anyone else wonder how much the man is making if a %7 cut equals $150,000?

  5. Jon Brian Blake says

    I can appreciate the apology.

    But I think calling this a slip – he used the F word THREE times in one speech – is a bit rich. You don’t use words like that, that many times, without some level of comfort with them. If he had used the N word ONCE he would have been fired.

    He seems sincere in his apology. I think given that $150,000 represents only 7% of his salary, this isn’t too much to teach him and many like him a lesson.

    And I do think the use of the money being fined is a good use of it.

  6. David in Houston says

    You can see that he really is devastated by this. I believed him at the very beginning when he said that he regretted saying it. I feel sorry for the guy.

    Is it me, or did the hot football guy being interviewed seem like a ‘family member’?

  7. Drew says

    The excessive fine is ridiculous here. Finally, a remorseful guy who is man enough to say sorry (and cry about it!), but he is punished worse than most.

    Now, straight people will focus on the disproportionate punishment rather than simply focusing on the issue at hand: GLBT acceptance and tolerance.

    David – No, he’s not gay, but he is hot.

  8. Paul R says

    The $150K is not 7% of his pay; it’s 7% of his pay plus the month without pay. It says he earns $1 million a year, so it’s $70K + $80K.

    I think it’s excessive too, especially the pay cut. Obviously the student intern isn’t going to cost much.

  9. St. Theresa of Avila says

    Hhhhmmm. I question the real effectiveness of this at anything other than producing a backlash. It could become more newsworthy by its harshness than the insensitivity of what he said. It’s true that, had he said the “N word” in such a context, there would have been a fantastic uproar and he would have been fired. But the double standard we have to live with is the N word is “less OK” than faggot. I think there should have been a monetary fine but a much smaller one. The PSA is probably the best idea, I hope it is handled in a non-clumsy way. Let’s face it, such a PSA could just seem silly to the “target audience” of young male sports fans.

    Scientific research shows biases take a long time to change: I’m not sure he’s contrite because of what he did or because he was caught and is paying a big and embarrassing price for it. I think the emotion he displays is probably a mix of both. The problem is you’re putting on one man’s shoulder the sociological burden of how a word is actually used in context versus the strict sense of what it denotes: he probably didn’t literally mean that the ND team are all MSMs, but that they were “losers”.

    Still in the world of sports discourse and narrative, I have much more sympathy for this man than I do for Nike’s blatantly exploitative “It Ain’t Right” ad campaign of a couple years ago. (which, by targeting that specific audience with that specific message, was, in a subtle way, also rather racist, i.e., “the blacks fear [association with] the gays, so let’s play on their fear to sell some shoes.”

  10. says

    I think the punishment is appropriate – he got the message and it seems he may truly have taken it to heart. I don’t know that something lesser would have inspired this level of introspection and revelation. I hope it sticks.

  11. ichabod says

    It’s not an excessive punishment. This type of behavior will never stop until repercussions like this are the norm and not the exception. Do you think this man would even still have a job at all if he’d uttered the dreaded “n-word”? I think the equally repellent “f-word” is worth at least $150K in fines.

    Maybe some kid will see this story and realize that it’s wrong to call another kid a f*g. Maybe some LGBT teen will see that others are standing up for his/her rights and dignity and will feel that he/she really matters.

    It might sound grandiose, but things like this really do have an aggregate effect. This is about much more than fining one man for his ignorant slurs, it’s about setting the example that such behavior is harmful, unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

  12. chapeau says

    Yeah — those tears are all about the money he is losing … whatta loser.

    And can you imagine a coach making a racially offensive ethnic joke and still keeping his job? Don’t whine to me that it is excessive unless you would be consistent in your judgment.

  13. Daniel says

    It’s not like it’s illegal to say “faggot” off the cuff, even 3 times, right? He knew he made an error and apologized, which was enough for me. I’m glad the penalty fine will support the LGBT campus community, though. Or if it is illegal to say faggot, cunt, nigger, etc. please let me know so i can empty my bookshelves of Susie Bright, Mark Twain and Bob Smith before the police arrive at my doorstep!

  14. nic says

    the man was sufficiently contrite. he apologized to the young men on his team. it was a “teachable” moment. can we put this issue to bed now?

  15. St. Theresa of Avila says

    “Maybe some kid will see this story and realize that it’s wrong to call another kid a f*g.”

    You must not know many kids because unfortunately that’s not how their minds work.

    You have to take a historicist’s perspective: did the N word become verboten because coaches were fined for using it, or because cultural changes, and changes in the world of sports made most [younger] people realize that blacks could contribute as much to professional sports as whites could? (or for that matter – to society at large)

  16. Mike says

    This isn’t excessive at all; if anything it was too lenient. I’m so sick of us trying to fight for our rights and then feeling sorry for people that exhibit the same kind of behavior that keeps us down. Ask yourself this: what would have happened to this guy if he had said “nigger” three times? Right, he would have been fired and never would have worked in sports again. Here’s the deal people: if you want us to be equal, we have to demand the same respect as African Americans, and the term “faggot” has to come with the same weight as “nigger”. And for all those saying that they had slavery and we didn’t, bullshit. You don’t need to have slavery to deserve respect. For hundreds of years, and continuing even today, LGBT people that have been executed (including in the German concentration camps), murdered, beaten, permanently injured, bullied, and we are still fighting for our civil rights.

    What he did perpetuates the exact kind of thinking that leads to all of the violence against LGBT people we read about here almost every day: that we are “other” and to be made fun of and marginalized. Kill a fag, they’re not real people.

    Fuck him, he got off easy.

  17. says

    The offense was revolting.

    The punishment was, shockingly, quite appropriate.

    I believe the coach is sincerely remorseful, and I accept his apology.

    I hope that he will take this moment and run with it. He has a chance to be a leader among his colleagues, and to effect enormous change through his response to this incident. What he does with this opportunity will be the true test of his mettle, and I for one will be watching carefully and rooting for the coach as well as the GLBT community.

  18. Jim says

    um, the only thing that seems “excessive” here is the man’s SALARY. a university is, first and foremost, an institution of LEARNING. one has to wonder how many of the TEACHING faculty make a million a year…not many, if any at all, i’d wager. this is about setting an example, people, and an an example LONG over-due in the area of sports and homophobia. kudos to the university for having the balls to be among the first organizations to finally take a strong stand and send the very clear message that enough is enough and it’s time for this shit to STOP. the bastard’s lucky he still has a job at all!

  19. Algy says

    This is probably excessive, but I’m going to have to throw my hat in with so many others here, at least the fine is going to good use.

    And Daniel, no, speaking repugnant language is perfectly legal; however, the coach made a statement as a college employee. The university is the one docking his pay and imposing the punishment, excessive though it may be. More than anything, I think that this is a lesson in conducting yourself in the public forum. By imposing this punishment, the university is making a statment about professional conduct and distancing itself from anti-gay rhetoric.

  20. Joe says

    Someone should show this to Hollywood and people like Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen who constantly use these kinds of terms to degrade other straight men (because being a fag is the worst thing you could possibly be!) and get a laugh. If only they showed as much remorse for the countless uses of such terms that this coach did from just one. What an impression on the youth of today who so love to go to his movies. Bravo, coach! Your remorse is appreciated.

  21. says

    I think this was handled well. Universities are places of higher education where respect for all people is central to the mission. The ideal learning environment is one free of discriminatory speech. He’ll be fine. And we should hold educators – including coaches – to a high standard. They’re charged with shaping the minds of tomorrow.

  22. peterparker says

    @JOE: I *completely* agree with you! I won’t go see a Judd Apatow movie because of the overwhelming number of jokes rooted in homophobia. And I also appreciate Coach McMakin’s apparently sincere apology.

  23. David N says

    Not excessive in the slightest. If he had said the “n” word, one time, much less three, he would have been out and out fired.

  24. Paul R says

    Just curious: would those of you who think this is justified be as upset if he’d said “gay” instead of “faggot”?

    I’m not defending the guy, but I thought his first apology was about as sincere and thorough as possible. As for his salary, such pay levels are the norm for college presidents and coaches…athletics bring in a tremendous amount of money from alumni. If you have a winning coach, you pay them a lot. I don’t agree, but that’s how things work.

  25. Jon says

    Oh, please. Fat-ass breeder homophobe deserves to be fired. WTF? Oh, was that offensive, coach? How many times have you used the Faggot word and NOT been caught? College athletic departments are 110% homophobic and filled with these kinds of assholes. He should have been fired. If he were NOT a friggin coach, what do you think would have been the punishment? Exactly. Fired.

  26. says

    McMackin agreed to take a salary reduction BEFORE Thursday’s incident. This is aa already planned correction for the economy that they are pretending is a punishment. They are pretending he is being “suspended” but he will not be required to miss a day away from TRAINING, much less a single game.

    Anyone who believes the guy is remotely contrite has not listened to the gleeful way he repeats “faggot dance” when initially asking reporters to cover for him. They have not noticed in the crying video that HE SCANS THE AUDIENCE FOR APPLAUSE as he exits the stage.

    I hope the WAC will call bullshit on Hawaii and insist on an actual two-week suspension that included a game.

    That would be fair. This looks stiff, but the only actual consequence of McMackin saying “faggot” three times is that he has to make a PSA.

  27. says

    Jesus, is this what we’ve come to? We cut a guy’s pay for a month And reduce him to tears because he uses non-pc language? WTF?? I feel sorry for the guy. An apology and a reprimand was definitely in order IMO, but to everyone who’s baying for this guy’s blood, do you really think this does anything to advance the cause of gay rights? Makes us look like a bunch of bitter oversensitive shrill queens who hate the straight man if you ask me…

  28. titus says

    i commend the powers that be for his “punishment”. however, if this had happened at a football power, say alabama, texas, oklahoma would the punishment be the same?

  29. says

    My late dad always told me that if someone apologizes you must accept it and move on and never bring it up again.

    I accept this man’s (IMHO) apology.

    Hopefully, this has taught a lot of guys a lesson about sportsmanship, manning up and thinking about how hurtful a casual slur can be.

    Kudos to the coach. Anyone here who takes an opportunity to slam this guy, well, I hope you never make a mistake that brings shame on those around you.

  30. casey says

    OH PALEEZE! he should have been FIRED. those tears were crocodile tears. he feels NOTHING except perhaps even more hatred towards everyone that doesn’t feel like he does. Relics like that should be taken out of the equation. it’s time to MOVE ON WITHOUT these Archie Bunker redneck a-holes. you can’t tell me he is the best and brightest and most talented coach that school could find. if these a-holes won’t get out of the way, it’s time to make them get out of the way. all of you people that ‘feel’ for this dinosaur should take a long look in the mirror and stop congratulating yourselves on how ‘modern’ you are.

  31. JMDRWAC says

    I agree with Derek on every one of his points. Which were very well made, I should add.

    If gay men write off everyone who ever used a derogatory term about us, we’ll be pretty much alone in the world.

  32. Bryan says

    I’ve never had a job where I could call someone a nigger and still been employed the next day. Not that I’d want one. It’s sufficient to hear straight cohorts calling McMackin an asshole who’s gotten off far more lightly than he deserves.

  33. XinHua808 says

    Just a comment from a Honolulu resident. The coach, who has a five-year contract at $1.1 million per year, is the highest paid employee in the state of Hawaii. (Ridiculous, yeah?!) Hawaii (like almost all other states) is in a budget bind right now. I suspect McMackin’s financial penalty had more to do with grabbing this opportunity to get some bucks back than to punish him. Nevertheless, folks here in Hawaii are generally appalled by his behavior. Typical jock, IMO!

  34. Jason says

    Yeah cry cry cry. Cry for your lost salary you greedy homophobe. I’m not buying it. He’s not sorry for what he said, hes sorry because he lost money.

    Think of all the tears shed by gays because their called faggot during gym class, or harassed by other classmates in middle school or up to college. I’m glad they docked this bigots pay. About someones paid for their loose tongues and blatant disregard for people who are effected by their comments.

  35. David D. says

    I would have thought he’d be doing Notre Dame’s little faggot dance in celebration of his much needed time off.

    This man’s tears are about his money and maybe his professional reputation. Boo fucking hoo.

  36. Nate says

    He was only sobbing because he was in trouble… he does not care if anyone was offended by what he said. What a hateful person.

  37. Island Girly says

    I have mixed feelings on this. I think his apology was sincere and the money is directed in a positive manner. But I ask; Do these types of situations really do us any good? Does it cement our rights as gay people or does it force people that really hate us into the closet of hate, while putting on a forced politically correct face? I dunno.

  38. says

    I am exremely pleased with this. Homophobe’s never have to pay — especially in sports which is a seething cesspool of homophobia. Almost as bad as the comments section in here.

  39. Alvin says

    Those tears were for the $ he lost. He said faggot three times to refer to another sports team, which makes the word more demeaning in that testosterone-filled environment. It seemed like he made an “apology” to the press so they won’t publish his ignorance. He was probably thinking “I’ll trade you this for that”. Then he “jokingly” said he’d deny everything. He is probably, and sadly, the highest profile member of the university so I think the punishment was appropriate.

  40. g_whiz says

    What exactly is the gayest neighborhood in America? Can’t wait to see how that little stereotypical quip plays out (or not). Beyond that, I feel like sports as a profession/institution is very resistant to social change, especially when it comes to gender and sexual orientation. The last bastions of homophobia.

    If the man violated company policy they have every right to act accordingly. Its very rare that people are penatant in situations like this, its more that they got caught (and repremanded by those signing their checks) than it is that they’re suddenly aware of how their behavior appears. Someone who uses the word “fag” that many times in a story likely does it more often than that.

  41. Anthony says

    It does seems that the man is hartfelt in his apology. It seems he made a mistake, that he is willing to take as a life lesson. I hope that the public will forgive him and stop penilizing him now, and let the man move on with his career.

  42. Wheezy says

    @ LANDON BRYCE,

    They’re called “crocodile tears” for a reason.

    p.s. The reason the word “nigger” dropped out of white people’s everyday lexicon is because black people started beating the living crap out of them for using it. Think about that folks. It wasn’t enlightenment or education. It was fear of payback.

  43. tappuller says

    What irony. It was only a few years ago, five maybe, that the then “University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors” became only the “Warriors” because the word “Rainbow” because it was too closely associated with gay culture. The university administration openly admitted this.

    Now the administration thinks it’s in a position to punish the carriers of the very homophobic bug it is itself inflicted with.

    If the University really wants to make this right they’ll become the “Rainbow Warriors” once again.

  44. tom emmott says

    this man did wrong and he has sincerely apologised for it. he should, in my opinion, have to do no more to apologise or no more sanctions should be put against him.
    I am gay and when i read this headline i was kinda a little angry, since there is still discrimination towards the gay community, but i watched the video of him apologising and personally, i think he has done enough and wanted to say well done to him for apologising and good luck for him for the future…the guy is good 😀

  45. says

    I’m surprised that I actually feel some empathy for the guy….I guess good people often say, horrible, stupid, insensitive things. I think they handled this appropriately but what an opportunity to steer (what appears to be) a good guy in the right direction when it comes to the consequences of people throwing around gay slurs. And by consequences, I mean the hostility and violence we face every day because verbal (and physical) gay bashing seems to be condoned.

  46. Steve says

    Excessive? Are you kidding? At his salary, I don’t feel sorry for him.

    A swift and serious reprimand, like the one he was given, is appropriate. Would it have been excessive if he had used the “N” word? I don’t think so. People would be calling for his resignation.

  47. paul c says

    I guess this is what they mean when they say “Freedom isn’t free”, or in this case “Freedom of Speech isn’t free”.

    I’d rather have actual freedom of speech rather than freedom of speech lite. Let people say what they’re REALLY thinking and what they REALLY mean. It’s the only way you’ll ever have any idea of where they’re coming from or where you stand with them.

    Is this how you end repression of gays, by repressing other people? That’s fucked up.

  48. CPT_Doom says

    I think this is very appropriate, and was glad to see the guy actually acknowledge offending people – rather than the lame “I apologize to anyone who was offended by what I said,” which puts the onus on the listener for being offended. Given that he is remorseful, I also think he deserves a chance to make good on his promises.

    Remember, he not only used an offensive term, embarrassing his employer, he attempted to stop its publication, which is a far bigger deal. As a college coach, he is duty bound to be honest with the press – it helps curb cheating (e.g, you can’t knowingly lie about a player’s physical condition). He was wrong to say what he said, but I am guessing at least some of the university’s rules that he broke include above-board dealings with the press at all times.

  49. Jason says

    I guess this is what they mean when they say “Freedom isn’t free”, or in this case “Freedom of Speech isn’t free”.

    I’d rather have actual freedom of speech rather than freedom of speech lite. Let people say what they’re REALLY thinking and what they REALLY mean. It’s the only way you’ll ever have any idea of where they’re coming from or where you stand with them.

    Is this how you end repression of gays, by repressing other people? That’s fucked up.

    QFT

  50. myself says

    “You have to take a historicist’s perspective: did the N word become verboten because coaches were fined for using it, or because cultural changes, and changes in the world of sports made most [younger] people realize that blacks could contribute as much to professional sports as whites could? (or for that matter – to society at large)”

    Gay people are not the same as blacks. The N word is still around because a lot of black people are undereducated and stupid as fuck. No offense to you smart blackies out there! 😉

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    Too Excessive for you?

    This was a perfectly fine penalty that this coach got to use as a ‘life lesson’ –
    (WTF? You’re 60 and it’s 2009 – You really needed to learn that Faggot is an inappropriate word choice IN A PRESS MEETING!!!!) – And it sends a message to his players and all members of inter-collegiate sports that ‘Faggot’ is not acceptable. Had he called the other team a group of ‘nappy headed ho’s’ he would have been fired.
    If you think it’s excessive, just think about the questioning student on his team, this year or previous, that listened to him use that word over and over.

  52. Mike says

    @Jason

    This is not a “freedom of speech” case. Neither the federal or state government is trying to regulate his speech as a citizen. His employer has a right to control what he says as their representative. If he doesn’t like it, he can fucking quit and go elsewhere. If you worked at a fast food restaurant and started using racial slurs towards all the customers, that restaurant would have the right to fire you, and if you tried to argue that they were limiting your “freedom of speech” you would be laughed out of court.

  53. says

    Nice to see this incident taken so seriously. Really. And productive action taken as a result. Kind of amazing, actually.

  54. ho hum says

    First of all, one doesn’t just utter “faggot” in a random manner. Secondly, he went on to cry during an apology? What a pussy.

  55. Rocky says

    @ JMDRWAC

    I would feel more misery for having to right off just about all str8 people in society than having to be alone for it.

    If we have to worry about being alone after throwing people off the cliff for using homophobic slurs,dont you think that is an eerie message about our society?

    That means that we (Gays & Lesbians) arent the ones with the problem. Its str8 society and their agenda to make us feel ashamed of who we are.Which is profoundly THEIR PROBLEM,NOT ours.

    Think about that,before becoming an apologist for homophobic bigotry in all its forms.

  56. Rocky says

    One more thing!

    In society people have generally learned that racism is all out wrong and unacceptable.Having Our first black president (Prez Obama) is a good indication that a good portion of America has learned that.As for for those who are still a bunch of racist pieces of shit…They all need to be put in Solitary Confinement,they shouldnt be allowed to interact with other people with their bigotry (Along with all of the Homophobic Douche-Bags).NO GAY and I mean NO GAY should be making any kind of excuse nor become an apologists for the homophobia and Bigotry we still to this day suffer from.We are in 2009 closing in on 2010 its time people realize that HOMOPHOBIA IS WRONG.NO MORE EXCUSES.

    BTW in my first comment,I meant *Write* NOT “right”

  57. KevinCA says

    @Daniel: You’re an idiot. Nobody is saying that it’s illegal, and he wasn’t either sued or arrested.

    @Joe: Look up the word “context” in the dictionary and come back again.

    @Drew: He’s crying about the money, not about the wrongdoing.

  58. Diogenes says

    I think he’s sorry he got caught.

    I think he’s sorry he will lose money.

    He certainly seemed comfortable with the repeated use of the word at his press conference.

    His salary, $1 million a year, would be better spent on scholarships for minority and gay students. Getting paid that amount of money to “manage” people chasing a ball around a field is a sad commentary on priorities.

  59. Mike says

    @DIOGENES

    As someone who’s worked at colleges and universities all my life, I can tell you that their response to your last point would be that the football program brings in much more money than it costs, and is actually a source if income for them. This is, sadly, probably true. At a major university I used to work at in California, the three biggest money makers for the university were, in no particular order, the football team, the school of business (money from undergraduate tuition), and the school of medicine (money from grants and tuition). It’s common for the university to scoop 30% or more from big money making programs and schools right off the top and then proceed to bill them for the use of the facilities and so on as if nothing had happened.

  60. gunnar says

    What utter hypocrisy. How many of you folks who are giving this guy a pass were out for blood when Isaiah Washington used similar language and was fired?

    The only reason this guy is sorry is because he’s being punished. He was facile in his use of homophobic language and probably used such words in private for years.

    Where are the sanctions against Perez Hilton when he called Will.i.am a “faggot” after deciding against calling him the n-word? Hilton has gotten off scott free.

  61. Mike says

    @GUNNAR

    If you want sanctions against Perez Hilton you’ll have to organize them, since he runs his own business.

  62. Yeek says

    Of course he would have been fired and banned from football for good for using an ethnic slur even if he apologized immediately. That doesn’t mean it would be the most appropriate punishment. It simply means that our society is more interested in measurable punishment and professional obliteration than a sincere apology.

    The immediate and profuse apology was enough for me. As someone once wrote, “righteousness without consideration is insufferable.” The money, the suspension, the forced public service announcements, and the televised humiliation and weeping are things that give me no additional satisfaction.

  63. FunMe says

    The tears don’t move me. I think the punishment was just fine. It sends a message that calling people derogatory slurs is unacceptable in a civilized society.

    In this country the only thing that seems to make a difference is $$$ money. So good! A stiff penalty and hopefully others in college will see the consequences for HOMOPHOBIA. At least this coach has apologize so there is hope for homophobia or derogatory insults to end.

  64. Mike says

    @PAUL

    “It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.”
    Niccolo Machiavelli quotes (Italian writer and statesman, Florentine patriot, author of ‘The Prince’, 1469-1527)