Yes, he said a terrible thing, and yes, this was poor judgment. But does he deserve all this punishment just for saying something that offended some people?
The article is in the Salt Lake Tribune. (H/T Andrew)
Hawaii football coach Greg McMackin has been suspended by the university for 30 days without pay for Thursday’s anti-homosexual comments he made toward the Notre Dame football program during the Western Athletic Conference meetings in Salt Lake City.
As a part of the suspension, McMackin has agreed to voluntarily coach the Warriors without pay during his suspension. His salary during that time will be used to support a student intern in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender program on the Hawaii campus.
As a part of McMackin’s punishment, he must participate in a public service announcement describing how words can hurt and support awareness training for the athletics program. He also must personally participate in activities directed at improving the environment for the LGBT community.
People say mean things to me all the time, and I don’t complain (that much). I have found that if I scare people by threatening them because they have offended me, then they don’t want to talk to me any more. But I want people who disagree with me to talk to me! So I try to be forgiving instead of intimidating people who want to express a different point of view.
Why can’t people just forgive people when they make a mistake and say they’re sorry?