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Stanford Coach Harbaugh Caught Screaming 'F*ggot' on the Field


You may have heard that Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels was reprimanded and apologized for his use of the phrase "mother f*cker" during a Thanksgiving night game against the Broncos.

What, then, of Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh's swear word and slur-laden tirade against referees in Stanford's game against Notre Dame on Saturday, which though not totally audible were clear enough to be picked up by our YouTube tipster Chris and include a bunch of naughty words capped with the slur you see above in the image.

If players aren't excused for using homophobic slurs, coaches shouldn't be either. Or are the PAC 10 and the NCAA not as concerned about such language as the NFL?

Imagine if he'd used the N-word and ask yourself if people would get fired up about it.

Read Harbaugh's lips, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. If anything, I imagine Stanford itself will be pretty displeased about this. Stanford's the sort of place that prides itself on its diversity and its gay-friendliness.

    Posted by: Joel | Dec 3, 2009 8:34:45 AM

  2. Andy, this game was on Saturday, not Sunday. Only NFL games are on Sundays.

    Posted by: B | Dec 3, 2009 8:45:33 AM

  3. (I posted this comment but it is not showing up)
    Andy, this game was this past Saturday. Only NFL games are on Sundays.

    Posted by: B | Dec 3, 2009 8:52:05 AM

  4. As a Baltimore resident, I am ashamed of Coach Harbaugh's comments, even if they were said in the heat of the moment. I have lost a lot of respect for him now and am very disappointed in his behavior.

    Posted by: Jack M | Dec 3, 2009 9:09:54 AM

  5. Disgusting, and YES if the N word wouldof been used the city wouldof been shut down. Gays are truly the only minority that isn't taken seriously.

    Posted by: J. Bocca | Dec 3, 2009 9:17:29 AM

  6. Thank goodness this blog continues to expose this kind of unabashed, latter day bigotry. He's a role model at Standford University but he can allow himself to behave in this way, because the consequences are? We all know the consequences would be severe if he had used a racial slur, or really any other kind of slur, except against the gays.

    Does anyone know whom we notify via email or telephone at Stanford that their personnel training programs need a review.

    I'm especially unforgiving because its not like this guy was born before World War II or something. He should and He does know better.


    Posted by: Interested Bystander | Dec 3, 2009 9:17:48 AM

  7. John L. Hennessy
    President, Stanford University


    (650) 723-2481


    (650) 725-6847


    Posted by: Mike | Dec 3, 2009 9:20:00 AM

  8. Harbaugh is a product of UM in Ann Arbor-another liberal oasis in the mid-west and it wouldn't fly there either. However-the elephant on the field of NCAA football is the preoccupation with fundamental religious beliefs and the tracit endorsement of "conservative values". The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Solid Rock Foundation, among others dominate team sports and coaches use religion as a foundation for control and influence over their players. After nearly every play-players all over the country lift their hands in the air to give thanks to their maker "read -christ" and on field prayers are common after each game. The dogma of fundamentalist christianity is favored over all others and their usual homophobia, sexism and prejudices are thereby supported and endorsed. So Harbaugh's actions aren't surprising at all.

    Posted by: Nick | Dec 3, 2009 9:22:41 AM

  9. You may remember that the University of Hawaii coach was suspended for 30 days earlier this year for using the word.

    Posted by: Larry | Dec 3, 2009 9:23:02 AM

  10. I suggest e-mailing something like the following. An e-mail similar to this received a large response from Hawaii when Greg McMackin did something like this.

    I am deeply disappointed at the recent conduct of head football coach Harbaugh. The video of his tirade against the officials in last weekend's game clearly contains derogatory words. The words that he used are derogatory in any context and should be punished to the greatest extent possible. Imagine the pain that each and every one of his gay football players feels every day at the hands of Coach Harbaugh. Imagine the taunting that is tolerated, the abuse and ridicule that is allowed -- or even perpetuated, as shown recently -- by Coach Harbaugh. Derogatory comments are derogatory in any context, and they are never justified in being used in a fit of anger. If a person is willing to yell this on national television, imagine the conduct of this coach behind doors. This matter is of such extreme importance that it should be dealt with harshly and swiftly. I will also be notifying Coach Harbaugh and Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby of my concerns. I look forward to a swift response to the disgusting behavior of Coach Harbaugh.

    Posted by: Curtis Atkisson | Dec 3, 2009 9:30:48 AM

  11. Leave to good ole Jimmy Harbaugh.

    As a lifelong Michigan fan who loved it when he was QB, he never could keep his drunk ass mouth closed. Guarenteeing a win against THOSE PEOPLE (he stayed true to that one just don't do that) Then he wanted to go off on the University of Michigan and their academics but didn't have the nerve to do it until after Bo S. died.

    And now this...and U of M needs him so we can get rid of this hillbilly fuckwad coach that we have.

    But this would be unacceptable in Ann Arbor, as I expect it would be in Palo Alto. Maybe he'll get the job at ND after all then I'l really, really hate him more than I do at the present moment

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Dec 3, 2009 10:01:32 AM

  12. If you'd like to help any of the campus groups as they mount their reaction to this, I suggest mailing Stanford's LGBT resource center:

    Posted by: Jeffrey Taylor | Dec 3, 2009 10:45:44 AM

  13. As a Stanford alum, I am very disturbed by this news. This kind of remark is not acceptable. I'll be making a few phone calls soon.

    Posted by: Republican | Dec 3, 2009 11:02:36 AM

  14. @Nick: It's not often you see christian fundies using words like "F*cking A**hole", regardless of the fa*got part. I don't get how these OTHER words are OK in that frame of reference, either. I guess maybe they forgave the sinner but hated the sin. Typical of the hypocritical right wing, "do as we say, not as we do".

    Posted by: johnny | Dec 3, 2009 11:33:19 AM

  15. I emailed the president of Stanford. If enough people send him emails maybe we can get some action!

    Posted by: KevinD | Dec 3, 2009 11:55:18 AM

  16. we go again. I can tell you, not predict, but tell you how this will play out:

    It'll cause a stink in Palo Alto, possibly causing protests. Stanford's PR people will get involved, Harbaugh will do a press conference in which he expresses sorrow "if I offended anyone" (aka the non-apology apology). Big group hug, everyone sings "Kumbaya" and on to the next faux controversy.

    Sorry, this stuff is so predictable and boring any more, it has lost any power. It's just a farce with the various actors playing out their parts: Outraged activists chanting and waving signs! Online people calling and e-mailing! Head of organization expressing sorrow at the remarks while reiterating his orgs commitment to diversity! Person forced to walk to the guillotine of public opinion (the podium at the hastily arranged press conference) and beg forgiveness! attitudes are changed, just people being wary of saying anything. It's kind of sad that Towleroad is enabling the whole charade.

    I lost respect for Josh McDaniels when he participated in the Denver version of this bullshit. His original "Too bad, what were mics doing where they don't belong anyways?" was perfect.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Dec 3, 2009 12:04:22 PM

  17. The telephone number for Stanford athletics is (650) 723-4591

    They said they were unaware of the situation when I called.

    Posted by: Landon Bryce | Dec 3, 2009 12:16:47 PM

  18. I hope Stanford's athletics department tells everyone that calls about this to fuck off and get a life.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Dec 3, 2009 12:41:37 PM

  19. @ Henry Holland

    Thanks for the erudite comment there Henry. Care to elaborate why?

    Posted by: Gregus | Dec 3, 2009 1:16:51 PM

  20. There's a lot of outrage here for what's still a hypothesis by the blogger.
    Are you sure he used the slur? Maybe he said f--khead? Just pointing out that this is not irrefutable proof of anything.

    Posted by: Mark D | Dec 3, 2009 2:07:20 PM

  21. "Thanks for the erudite comment there Henry. Care to elaborate why?"

    See my post at 12:04. This is all a lame charade that will play out like all these other faux outrages will. Good god, by some of the reactions here, you'd think Harbaugh had committed 30,000 more troops to an imperialist war that has no chance of being successful. Oh, wait....

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Dec 3, 2009 2:23:32 PM

  22. @ Henry Holland:

    Thanks for elaborating. Would you say the same about Sally Kern who was secretly taped saying that gays are a cancer, that they're a worse threat to the US than terrorists?

    Also, just an observation, but white college kids don't use the word nigger because they have been shamed into not using it. Does this mean that racism doesn't exist? Of course not, but it's a start. The language people use, and the way in which they use it effects their thoughts and actions.

    Posted by: Gregus | Dec 3, 2009 2:54:33 PM

  23. How about you faggots go back to what you do best, suckin dick.
    Harbaugh doesn't like the brown eye and said faggot in a way of disgust towards the official. Why? Because faggots are disguting human beings.
    Go Harbaugh
    Fuck you faggots

    Posted by: Trevor | Dec 3, 2009 3:07:23 PM

  24. @ Trevor

    I get the impression that Trevor wants to suck some dick big time.

    Posted by: Gregus | Dec 3, 2009 3:13:24 PM

  25. Yep Gregus clearly from my post about you sick bastards that is exactly what I was trying to convey.
    I hope you get aids, if you don't already have it.

    Posted by: Trevor | Dec 3, 2009 3:16:42 PM

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