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McMackin Discolors Rainbows

UH football coach, Greg McMackin, puts his foot in his mouth

UH football coach, Greg McMackin, puts his foot in his mouth

     Say it isn’t so Greg.  How can someone that gets paid $1 million per year to represent the University of Hawaii open his mouth and let negative words come out?

    I’m a proud graduate of UH Manoa and a longtime supporter of UH sports.  I was angered when the macho football coaches, under then June Jones, switched the proud Rainbow name to the current Warriors in an effort to make the football program more in tune to the agressive style of play that Jones believed came with a name.

    Rainbows were never good enough for this football teams coaching staff and perhaps this morning current football coach Greg McMakin revealed why. 

   In an obvious prejudicial slant against homosexuals McMackin made slurs towards the Notre Dame football teams dance by calling them “f……..ts,” a word that I choose not to repeat.

   Even the local television media downplayed McMackin’s press release by making it seem that he only said the word once, when in fact he repeated it three times.

    I am ashamed to be connected to the Warrior football team.  After these slurs lets prove that football isn’t homophobic by giving the UH team back their true name – Rainbows – for which we can all be proud.

   The following is a press release that was written by Ross von Metzke:

Hawaii Warriors football coach Greg McMackin used the word “faggot” three times when discussing rival team Notre Dame at a media preview on Thursday, then turned around and asked the press not to use the word in quoting him because he didn’t “want to…have every homosexual ticked off at [him].”

McMackin told the press that Notre Dame did “this little faggot dance” at a banquet the night before last year’s Hawaii Bowl. He then went on to use the word two more times while explaining why Notre Dame was so fired up to play Hawaii in the game, which the Fighting Irish won 49-21.

Then he stopped and attempted to remedy the situation. “Just please … cover for me,” McMackin said Thursday. “Go ahead, say ‘faggot dance.’ No. Please cover for me on that too…. I’ll deny it. Anything else?”

Moments later McMackin returned to the press room to reiterate his plea for the reporters’ help in censoring his language.

“I want to officially, officially apologize. Please don’t write that statement I said as far as Notre Dame. The reason is, I don’t care about Notre Dame. But I’m not a — I don’t want to come out and have every homosexual ticked off at me. You know what I mean. Because I don’t have any problem with homosexuals. But I apologize for saying that and I’d appreciate it if you wouldn’t run that word. If you said ‘dance,’ that’s OK. But don’t use the bad term that I chose, please. Thank you.”

Later, when it was clear the media would be reporting on the incident, McMackin issued a formal apology.

“I would sincerely like to apologize for the inappropriate verbiage, words that I used,” he said. “I’m really ticked off at myself for saying that. I don’t have any prejudices and it really makes me mad that I even said that and I’m disappointed in myself. … What I was trying to do was be funny and it’s not funny and even more it isn’t funny to me. I was trying to make a joke and it was a bad choice of words and I really — I really, really — feel bad about it and I wanted to apologize. I’m going to apologize to my team. I’m going to apologize to the people in Hawaii.”

A Notre Dame spokesman told the Idaho Statesman the school would likely not comment.

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July 30, 2009 - Posted by | Editorial | , , , ,

17 Comments »

  1. This story makes me sick. What if he had said the N word instead of the F word? He would surely have been fired.

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    Comment by Jaclynn Joseph | July 30, 2009 | Reply

  2. Wayne… you beat me to the punch… I was formulating a blog… but I’ll send folks your way once I get the chance.

    Comment by Damon Tucker | July 30, 2009 | Reply

  3. Well, Coach McMackin has revealed his vision of the rainbow doesn’t include all colors.

    A good coach works to overcome the differences inherent in any team because he understands this is essential to success. A team’s differences are overcome through respect of those differences, many of which may be hidden and unknown, for whatever reasons. Using the “gay F-word” is no different that using the “black N-word” and neither connotes respect.

    The coach is apparently ignorant of the fact that he has most likely coached or is coaching gay, straight, and somewhere in-between football players. I hope the coach will realize that an apology to his players and the alumni of UH’s football teams is needed.

    He is also apparent ignorant of the fact that his team has an avid gay and lesbian fan base.

    Where I come from, the home team is universally adored by gays, lesbians, straights, white, black, Vietnamese, Russians, Baptist WASPs, and Creole Catholics…whatever. On game day, these differences don’t matter. The world stops and the people party without regard to race, religion, creed, or sexual orientation. It is a celebration that rises naturally from sharing a common love and passion for their team.

    Yes, as they walk away from the stadium or as they leave other places of congregation, the proverbial darkness of the night envelops them once again.

    Yet no matter where you are and who is around, when the subject of hometeam football comes up, so does everyones individual human values and the light of game-day love shines again.

    Coach Mackin has unwittingly diminished the love of many people for whom the UH football team is a bright light. And in the highly competitive world of Division I-A college football, insulting any portion of your fan base is a really bad no-no.

    Few people would expect the coach to offer to be the head of the annual Gay Pride Parade. At the same time, few people expected the coach to insult his team and its fans.

    Yes, the words of apology are nice…and expected. But time, not words, will tell if the coach is truly sorry for the comments he made. Either he will allow himself and, in turn, those around him to change and grow or he will retrench behind a wall that will never again be invisible.

    Comment by Chuck | July 30, 2009 | Reply

  4. as a current student in the UH system I am angered and appalled that someone with authority at the school and someone that speaks to the media on a regular basis would say such a thing. doesn’t he know that when he speaks he is representing the university?! he thought it would be funny? since when is that word ‘funny’…i’ve never heard that before…….but umm i’m not believing his ‘funny’ excuse!!!! ..thanks so much for the heads up on this issue Wayne..and i am all about changing the name back to the Rainbows… afterall Hawaii = Rainbows…let’s start a petition 🙂 i would be glad to get signatures at the school once fall starts.
    ALOHA

    Comment by Alicia Thomasson | July 30, 2009 | Reply

  5. Maybe because he’s a Jock, he got caught up in the excitement of the day and made a STUPID blunder. Everyone is acting like they NEVER said anything they have regretted – Look at OBAMA – What’s HIS excuse? How can our PRESIDENT bash our police on national television – then think buying a beer can fix it? At least the Coach has the guts to admit he was wrong big time and appologize. Should he be punished – of course but marked for life?

    Comment by Frank | July 31, 2009 | Reply

  6. that’s all fine and dandy..but when you are representing a institution of higher learning I BELIEVE that the rules are not the same. I don’t want to be associated with someone that appears to be a biggot, yes he apologized and I guess we SHOULD accept that….but he did that only after he realized the press would indeed print what he said…but he used the word 4 TIMES, that is a little much, especially when he was only trying to be ‘funny’ ..to me and having a father that is a homosexual i was shocked and offended and so was my father!!!!
    and being a JOCK is not an excuse, too many times people make excuses for people that play sports and i’m tired of it! they are people just like us that just simply do certain things better, BUT rules still should apply to them and not just be thrown under the rug. and as far as Obama goes, yes he mispoke.. but that has absolutely nothing to do with this issue!! intolerance is ignornance!!!

    Comment by ALICIA | July 31, 2009 | Reply

  7. Inexcusable and he should be fired. As a gay man, I am tired of being the last safe haven for bias and racism. The word F****T is N****r ans S**c and J*p all rolled into one. Enough is enough. Gay is OK, period, even if it’s an effeminate jig from an Irishman.

    Comment by harry samelson | July 31, 2009 | Reply

  8. Obama “misspoke”? Usually when someone says something they ‘don’t mean to say’ they appologize.. He is the LEADER OF OUR COUNTRY! An IMAGE the children of our country are supposed to look up to – and he is telling ALL OF them our police are stupid!! He has yet to appologize, talking abut sweeping it under the rug….. Oh – the coach might not be a liberal… hmmmm…. I agree 100% “intolerance is ignorance” that goes for a coach or a president!

    Comment by Frank | July 31, 2009 | Reply

  9. yes i agree with you harry… afterall ‘gay’ means happy…and people that are gay are usually happy, at least the ones i know 😀

    Comment by alicia | July 31, 2009 | Reply

  10. Hmmmm, I seemed to be confused. Where did you ever see Obama quoted as telling “ALL” the children of this wonderful country that “our police are stupid”? Apparently you haven’t even bothered to read the actual statement presented by President Obama. Since you’re obviously too busy to educate yourself on a topic you feel so comfortable lecturing to the rest of us about, here it is: (simply click the link provided, as long as it isn’t too much work) http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/07/22/politics/politicalhotsheet/entry5181436.shtml

    Obama clearly began by saying that Gates is his friend and that he didn’t know all of the facts yet. As for calling all of the police in the entire United States stupid: “number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home; ”

    Your ridiculous statement accusing Obama of telling the children of this country that our police are stupid is not only an ignorant statement but stems from an obvious lack of interest in promoting the truth and accuracy in the media.

    Now that we have THAT settled I hope that McMakin is fired. There is no excuse for what he did. I wonder how many of his atheletes are as comfortable using derogatory slurs as the coach is? What a wonderful role model!

    Comment by Jaclynn Joseph | July 31, 2009 | Reply

  11. The first joke is that the media promotes ‘truth and accuracy’ – the second is that free speech in our nation isn’t “free” anymore. Again, I do NOT agree with what the coach said but before he is condemmed how about using your SKILLS to see what ELSE he has done besides this one blunder? On the other point I am sure that any kids that see BamBams little goof are wise enough to understand that he was just pointing his derogatory comment at just one police department because his long time innocent friend would never do anything wrong and he admitted he didn’t know the facts of the incident. I also believe in the tooth fairy.. “no comment” would have worked but not gotten him any press…

    Nice Blog 🙂

    Comment by Frank | July 31, 2009 | Reply

  12. If that is a thank you for pointing out your inaccurate statement, you’re welcome! 🙂 Some people have trouble admiting mistakes, I understand your problem completely.

    The media sure doesn’t promote truth or accuracy, and sadly, neither do you.

    Comment by Jaclynn Joseph | July 31, 2009 | Reply

  13. 1st of all i do not know why Obama was brought into this discussion..because what happened in that incident has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HERE!!!but u should read the link and educate yourself on what exactly happened in that incident before you go and start saying things that are not true….and what does it matter what ELSE the coach has done in the past…again no relevance here in this discussion..he chose an inappropriate word and chose to use it not only ONCE but 4 times..then acted like he was just trying to be ‘funny’. the word he used was both offensive and unacceptable language for an authority figure representing the univeristy to the media. that’s it..end of story..no discussions..he was wrong and he admitted it YES..but ONLY when he knew it would get reported to the public.

    Comment by alicia | July 31, 2009 | Reply

  14. If I make a mistake I will admit it… I strongly believe in one mistake does not make the measure of a man – be a Coach or a President – liberals don’t understand that.

    Comment by Frank | July 31, 2009 | Reply

  15. Liberals are apparently the only ones able to read, though, and quote things accurately.

    I don’t think any of us would be surprised to find out that McMakin sways to the right, would we?

    Comment by Jaclynn Joseph | July 31, 2009 | Reply

  16. i am neither a liberal or a conservative! the remark you made is so uneducated…omg…admitting mistakes is a human trait…what does it matter what side of the political spectrum u are on…just educate yourself before you make remarks such as those in a public forum..it just shows your ignorance!

    Comment by alicia | July 31, 2009 | Reply

  17. AlicIA – If you aren’t a liberal I’ll bet you walk with a left leaning swagger. Somehow i believe the INABILITY to accept the fact that ANYONE can make a mistake and should be given the chance to atone is a TRUE sign of ignorance that so many people our in “DO GOOD” society now demonstrate with their righteous blabber .

    Comment by Frank | August 2, 2009 | Reply


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