Mulkey makes tear­ful apol­ogy

Coach re­grets her ‘choice of words’ in de­fend­ing Bay­lor.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

Bay­lor women’s bas­ket­ball coach Kim Mulkey made a tear­ful apol­ogy Thurs­day for her con­tro­ver­sial re­marks about the school’s sex­ual as­sault scan­dal.

The two-time na­tional cham­pi­onship coach said at a news con­fer­ence that she’s “sorry for the choice of words.”

In de­fend­ing the school against crit­ics after her 500th ca­reer win Satur­day night, Mulkey told Bay­lor fans to “knock them right in the face” if peo­ple say they don’t want to send their daugh­ter to the school.

She also said it’s time to “move on” from the scan­dal.

“The tim­ing wasn’t good. Poor anal­ogy maybe, as well,” Mulkey said Thurs­day. “For those of you who know me, I’m an emo­tional per­son. I coach with emo­tion. I played with emo­tion, and it was an emo­tional mo­ment. I guess you’d say it got the best of me be­cause I re­ally do love this place.”

Bay­lor of­fi­cials have ac­knowl­edged that at least 17 women have re­ported be­ing raped by 19 foot­ball play­ers since 2011. Law­suits against the school put the number of al­leged sex­ual as­saults at more than 50 over a four-year pe­riod.

“Aw­ful things hap­pened here, guys,” Mulkey said. “We failed vic­tims here, but I’m en­cour­aged ev­ery day be­cause I see what’s taken place to fix it.

“And I just think we’ve re­sponded the way that we can ag­gres­sively, fi­nan­cially. We’ve ad­mit­ted our mis­takes.”

Bay­lor of­fi­cials have em­pha­sized changes they’re mak­ing to im­prove their re­sponse to sex­ual vi­o­lence, spend­ing more than $4 mil­lion in re­cent years on fed­eral Title IX re­sponse ser­vices.

They also say they have adopted most of the rec­om­men­da­tions pre­sented by a law firm that in­ves­ti­gated the school.

Mulkey, hired at Bay­lor in 2000, guided her teams to the 2005 and 2012 NCAA ti­tles.

The school also faces a fed­eral civil rights in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.