Texas Wesleyan Coach Says He Doesn’t Recruit in Colorado Because Players Smoke Weed
Texas Wesleyan University is currently is some hot water today over a rejection letter that the baseball team’s head coach and former major-league pitcher Mike Jeffcoat sent a recruit earlier this month.
The rejection wasn’t the issue, but it’s what the letter said that had people up in arms. Jeffcoat told a Colorado high school prospect that they do not recruit any players in the state of Colorado because past players they’ve accepted “had trouble passing our drug test.” It was a clear shot at the state’s legalization of recreational marijuana.
“We have made a decision to not take a chance on student-athletes from your state,” Jeffcoat wrote in the email. “You can thank your liberal politicians. Best of luck wherever you decide to play.”
College baseball coach in Texas says he doesn’t recruit in Colorado due to failed drug tests. Tells high schooler, “You can thank your liberal politicians.” @TexasWesleyan says that doesn’t reflect its values or recruiting practices. (Email first reported by @dmac1043) #9NEWS pic.twitter.com/twYne5Glty
— Kyle Clark (@KyleClark) March 1, 2018
Lol THIS really happened. Smh. pic.twitter.com/bF9ywQw15d
— Darren McKee (@dmac1043) February 28, 2018
Texas Wesleyan soon released a statement on their website, informing the public that Jeffcoat’s personal beliefs have nothing to do with the school.
“This is a personnel matter and it is currently under investigation,” the statement continues. “It is our University policy to not discuss personnel matters, but we want to reiterate that this email does not reflect our values and we do not condone discrimination. This includes discrimination on the basis of race, color, origin, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, disability or sexuality; or the political legislation of one’s home state. We are committed to providing an inclusive campus for all of our students, faculty, staff, visitors, potential students and their families.”