TCU's Dylan Jordan: Defense Refused to Practice After Gary Patterson Used N-Word

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FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2019, file photo, TCU coach Gary Patterson watches during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan. Patterson, president of the American Football Coaches Association, says his level of optimism is “very high” that there will be a 2020 college football season. He's just not sure when it will start or how it will look. “At some point in time, whether it’s fall or spring ... or if it’s shortened, we’re talking about five, six, seven, eight different options right now,” Patterson said during a Zoom call with media on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
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Multiple TCU players refused to practice Monday morning after head coach Gary Patterson allegedly used the N-word in front of a player, linebacker Dylan Jordan wrote Monday (warning: contains a racial slur):

Jordan said Patterson used the racial slur Sunday at practice after the coach called him out for an Instagram post.     

"This behavior is not okay now or ever and there needs to be repercussions to these actions," Jordan wrote.

Multiple players came to Patterson's defense, saying the coach did not use the slur against a player and was telling them not to use the N-word in meetings (warning: tweets contain a racial slur):

Tight end Artavius Lynn provided more detail about how the players reacted:

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On Tuesday, Patterson posted an apology on his Twitter account, saying his use of the racial slur was "unacceptable."

Patterson is going into his 20th full season as the TCU head coach, producing a 172-70 career record with the program.

The Horned Frogs are coming off a disappointing 2019 season where they finished 5-7, marking only the third time a Patterson-led team failed to reach a bowl game.

Jordan joined TCU last year as a 3-star recruit out of Pittsburg, Kansas. After initially planning to start his career at junior college, he was able to gain eligibility in July before the start of the season.

He was redshirted during his first season while only seeing action in two games, both in September against SMU and Kansas. The linebacker said Monday he was promised early playing time during the recruiting process.