Baylor and coach Scott Drew have formally declined to accept a vehicle wrapped with the school’s national championship logo after an insensitive remark made by the dealership’s general manager during a live TV interview.
The customized Jeep Wrangler was driven in the team’s championship parade through downtown Waco and was set to be given to the school for Drew to use for the next year.
Ted Teague, GM of the Allen Samuels dealership in Waco, said Drew could enjoy the Jeep and “use it to recruit, pull some people out of the hood.”
His facial expression after he said that comment lets you know that he screwed up big time.
Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades and Drew released a joint statement on Wednesday.
“His remarks do not align with our institutional values or the culture of our athletic programs. We can confirm we are not accepting the Jeep driven in the parade on Tuesday. As a department, we are committed to recruiting a diverse group of student-athletes, coaches, and staff, all of whom are valued members of our community,” the statement read.
Teague issued a statement of apology on Wednesday.
“As the word came out of my mouth, I instantly knew it was the absolute wrong word,” Teague said in his statement. “I know that I disrespected a countless number of people within our amazing Waco community, and beyond. I am deeply disappointed and saddened by my actions and offer each of you my most sincere apologies.”