The coach of the West Virginia University Men’s Basketball team said he’s sorry for homophobic slurs he used to described fans of a rival team during a radio interview on Monday.
Administrators said they are reviewing the incident and Coach Bob Huggins said he is prepared to face the consequences. “All those fags, those Catholic fags,” Huggins said, when he was asked about Xavier University on Cincinnati station 700WLW’s “Bill Cunningham Show.” Huggins was discussing his 16-season tenure with the University of Cincinnati and the school’s intracity rivalry with Xavier.
The host asked the former coach of the Bearcats about a moment during a Crosstown Shootout game against the Musketeers. Huggins said Xavier fans threw sex toys onto the court. “It was transgender night, wasn’t it?” asked Cunningham, making a wisecrack since there was no such thing. “It was the Crosstown Shootout,” Huggins replied. “What it was, was all those fags, those Catholic fags, I think, threw them.” Huggins added that the fans would “throw rubber penises on the floor and then say they didn’t do it.” “They were envious they didn’t have one.” The Mountaineers coach issued a statement of apology within hours of those comments: “Earlier today on a Cincinnati radio program, I was asked about the rivalry between my former employer, the University of Cincinnati, and its crosstown rival, Xavier University. “During the conversation, I used a completely insensitive and abhorrent phrase that there is simply no excuse for — and I won’t try to make one here. “I deeply apologize to the individuals I have offended, as well as to the Xavier community, the University of Cincinnati and West Virginia University. “As I have shared with my players over my 40 years