CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats Back Out of Hiring Disgraced Coach Art Briles After Fan Backlash (Tweet)
The CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats hired former Baylor coach Art Briles to be their new assistant head coach on Monday morning.
Less than 12 hours later they took it back.
Briles was fired in May after an independent investigation discovered a long history of the Baylor football program covering up all sorts of playing misconduct, including numerous sexual assaults and at least one alleged gang rape.
Late Monday morning the Tiger-Cats announced they had hired Briles. Team CEO Scott Mitchell called him a “good man” deserving of a second chance, despite a boatload of evidence to the contrary.
Victims’ rights organizations such as the Sexual Assault Centre of Hamilton immediately condemned the hire, and at least one contacted the team to issue the team an ultimatum. Meanwhile, fans vented their outrage on Twitter.
Really, I have stuck with you guys through so many bad seasons but with this guy here I am done. This is embarrassing #disgrace
— Fred Fowler (@derfmred) August 28, 2017
Awful hire by @Ticats I can handle losing but Art Briles is a morally reprehensible move. Turn a blind eye to rape and you’re just as guilty
— Sweezy (@SweezyBaby) August 28, 2017
I am the father of a daughter and I will not be supporting this hire. As a result I will not be attending anymore games.
— oskee-eddie (@oskeeeddie) August 28, 2017
— Jason Vega (@VegaJason) August 28, 2017
“Art Briles will no longer be joining the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as a coach,” it read. “We came to this decision this evening following a lengthy discussion between the league and the Hamilton organization. We wish Mr. Briles all the best in his future endeavours.”
A little while later, Tiger-Cats owner Bob Young tweeted that the league had saved his team from a “major blunder” and promised a full apology on Tuesday.
— Bob Young (@CaretakerBob) August 29, 2017
Hat Tip – [CBC]