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:
Ross Dellenger @RossDellenger
According to TCU TE, at least a portion of the team met with Gary Patterson about him using a racial slur (but it was not directed at any player, per this). This also confirms an earlier account from a player that at least some players boycotted practice this morning. https://t.co/HPpX86nS3Y
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.