There is no excuse for the UC Irvine coach's offensive jokes
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I'm not sure what's worse that UC Irvine head Russell Turner thought it good to be homophobic or detract women from the irritation of an opponent, or that he thought it funny.
This was not one of these things.
Turner slowed in the Oregon "Luis King" in the afternoon handshake after the Ducks had defeated the Antheres to reach "Sweet 16".
"I was talking to the" double team queen "to try to irritate him. And I did. And I kept talking to my team about what we wanted to do, "Turner said, smiling proudly. "We called him a queen, because I knew it might upset him.
That's right. 48-year-old man showing the full maturity of an 8-year-old boy to try to get an advantage
UC Irvine must be so proud. The training of Irvine coach Russell Turner was wrong.
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Turner says it is a sign of respect that he resembled the importance of King to Oregon with that of the Queen in chess.
But that makes no sense. In the history of the crap, no one has ever used the analogy of chess as an insult. Also, Turner was trying to shake a king by … congratulating him? So if Antherios played Duke this year, would he tear Sion Williamson, calling him the "top scorer" or "the first round of the order?" No, Turner was trying to get under King's skin by putting question or his sexuality. or his masculinity. It really does not matter what it was; From Turner's point of view of being gay or being a woman, he is equally humiliating and worthy of mockery.
UC Irvine midfielder Paula Smith did not call on Monday at USA TODAY Sports. Oregon refused to comment on Sunday night and again on Monday, but King Atevea's mother said on Monday in Twitter that she and the King's father wanted Turner to apologize to her son publicly.
"It was in a bad taste," said Atieva King.
It was actually more than that. Words are as important as the messages they send, and the casual homophobia and mummies of Turner's mockery affirm the marginalization of gays and women. This is not only disappointing but also dangerous.
When women or members of the LGBT community are discriminated against, harassed or worse, it does not happen in a vacuum. This happens because they are considered "less than" and not as deserving of equality or respect. It is good to humiliate or attack them because they are not so important. Their lives – their health, their safety, self-esteem – mean less. This Turner, in his age and life experience, thinks this is terrible. It is unacceptable that he is in a position to be the head coach of Anteaters, to surrender his fanaticism. Studies show that we are not born with prejudice or prejudice. They have learned behavior. UC Irvine's players are still impressive, teens and young men who live for the first time on their own and try to understand what adults will be.
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Perhaps they will accept the values they have learned from their parents or follow the example given by a beloved teacher. Perhaps they will be influenced by the friends they make at school, or are open to schoolmates of different sexes, races, and sexual orientation.
But some players will hear Turner's comments, or they will understand his pettyness and will think this is OK.
And what if there's someone in the Turner team who's gay? Imagine how unwanted it would be, not only to hear Turner's insult, but also to encourage other players to take advantage of it.
King's break was not very effective given that Oregon won and he had 16 shooting points from five to 10. But that does not make it less important to call Turner.
Ignorance and fanaticism are never ridiculous. They are never suitable. Shame for Turner because they thought they were.
Follow colonel Nancy Armor from USA TODAY on Twitter @rarmour.