Thursday, February 19, 2004

Off Sides -Offense
DENVER (Reuters) - The head football coach at the University of Colorado has been placed on Yahoo! News - Colorado University Football Coach Put on Leavepaid leave about two hours after a police report said he warned a woman that he would back one of his players 100 percent if she reported being raped to the police, officials announced.

Head coach Gary Barnett was placed on administrative leave late Wednesday pending an investigation by an independent panel into the coach's comments as well as a growing controversy about the school using alcohol and sex parties to recruit star athletes.
The university has been embroiled in controversy over charges that star athletes were recruited with the lure of alcohol and sex parties. The school has been sued by three women who said they were raped at or shortly after an off-campus recruiting party in 2001.

On Tuesday, former player Katie Hnida, the only woman to ever play on the school's football team, told Sports Illustrated magazine that she had been subjected to lewd comments by other players, groped in team huddles and raped by a teammate.
Barnett tried to explain why Hnida had been harassed, said she was an awful player who was not respected by team members.

"You know what guys do; they respect your ability. Katie was a girl, and not only was she a girl, she was terrible. She couldn't kick the ball through the uprights," he said.[Nitpicker emphasis]
Regardless of the outcome of the investigation, Barnett is guilty of stupidity.


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