Last year, Don Imus made inappropriate, and racially driven remarks towards the Rutgers Women’s Basketball team. After a long, drawn-out battle, Imus was released by his employers and rightfully so.
You are certainly entitled to your own remarks, just as your employer is entitled to fire you for misrepresenting them, and their company.
Fast forward to now. Once legendary head coach Rick Majerus was on the syndicated Dan Patrick Show, giving his picks for the first round matchups in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.
When asked about the game between BYU and Texas A&M, Mr. Majerus said, “I don’t like BYU from my Utah days. You know, Mitt and magic underwear and all those guys.” Patrick moved on. He was most likely trying to save his tail. Majerus later made another comment saying something to the effect of their magic underwear won’t save BYU.
The magic underwear that Majerus was referring to is the Mormon belief in what is referred to as the holy garment. Not much is known in the mainstream world about the garment because it is a sacred belief, too sacred to be paraded around, and definitely too sacred to be referred to as 'magic underwear.'
Majerus coached in Utah. No doubt he was familiar with the heavy Latter-Day Saint (Mormon) population. That certainly does not make him an expert in Mormonism, but it does not give him justification for making those comments.
Whether or not he has any love towards Mormons is not the issue. The issue is that Majerus said something that is discriminatory and disrespectful to a specific group of people. Nobody would like it if Majerus said something of that nature about those who are, for example, Jewish.
We wouldn't put up with it if he had said something discriminatory against a specific race.
So why no outcry?
Maybe March Madness casts too big a shadow on all other college basketball happenings. Maybe the offensive reference to Mormonism was not very recognizable to the mainstream world or maybe it's just a double standard.
No matter the reason, his words remain inexcusable and insensitive.
If we would have a negative reaction towards something said against other groups and minorities, it would make sense to react to this.
Think for a moment.
What would you do if someone, like Majerus, made a comment about your race or your religion? I’m guessing you would have that same reaction. You may even call for the termination of that person.
Saint Louis University, nobody can blame you for Majerus’ comments. You probably don’t like his remarks either.
If you recall, not too long ago, his stance on pro-choice versus pro-life called him into question.
Granted, his personal beliefs are his beliefs. He was honest. But he has to realize that he was a proclaimed Catholic on a national stage. At all times he has a responsibility to not only represent himself but also the organizations he belongs to.
He has misrepresented the Catholic Church on at least one occasion. And now he has mocked an very sacred belief of the Latter-day Saints.
In both of those situations, by association, he has shed bad light upon SLU.
Saint Louis, you need to do the right thing and let him go. If not, he will just continue drag you down with his penchant for negative public appearances.
We live in a time when such bigotry and prejudice should not exist.
Saint Louis University needs to take action. If not, they will do their institution a disservice by idly allowing his public insensitivity to continue.
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