Baylor Women's Basketball Coach Kim Mulkey Apologizes for Controversial Remarks

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistFebruary 26, 2017

WACO, TX - DECEMBER 18: Baylor Bears head coach Kim Mulkey looks on against the Mississippi Lady Rebels on December 18, 2013 at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
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Baylor women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey expressed remorse Sunday for her controversial postgame comments made after her team's Saturday victory over Texas Tech.

According to Mechelle Voepel of espnW.com, "Mulkey said she felt 'horrible'" that some interpreted her comments as her not being supportive of sexual assault victims as the school is embroiled in an ongoing investigation.

She also regretted suggesting that punching someone in the face is the best way to handle being told not to send a daughter to Baylor.

"I hate that I used the remark about punching them in the face," Mulkey said, per Voepel. "That was not literal. I was trying to make a point, to be firm in what you are saying back at them. I'm not a violent person. I apologize for the very poor choice of words."

John Elizondo of ABC 25 in Waco, Texas, shared Mulkey's initial comments:

The coach said the issue of sending a daughter to Baylor "cut straight into me" because her own daughter attended the school and works with the basketball program. She said she was commenting on the notion that not sending daughters to the school "negatively portrayed the women who are currently" there, per Voepel.

"My point was, 'Please don't paint, with a broad brush, the women at Baylor,'" she said, per Voepel.

Mulkey doubled down on her original comments in her postgame press conference Saturday, as Elizondo captured:

The coach told Voepel those comments were intended toward a specific reporter who continued to ask her about the topic rather than sexual assault victims.

The sexual assault investigation has dominated Baylor-related headlines for some time, and Sarah Mervosh of the Dallas Morning News noted a former Baylor student who said she was raped by football players sued the university with a lawsuit that "includes an allegation that 31 Baylor football players committed at least 52 acts of rape, including five gang rapes, between 2011 and 2014."

According to Ralph D. Russo of the Associated Press, the Big 12 said it will withhold 25 percent of future revenue payments to Baylor until it's determined the school and athletic department are compliant with Title IX guidelines.

As for Mulkey, she has coached the Bears since 2000 and won national titles in 2005 and 2012 with the school.