Mulkey rethinks her words
On Saturday, Baylor women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey was full of rage.
Addressing the audience at Baylor’s Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas, after the Bears defeated Texas Tech 86-48, Mulkey told the audience after picking up her 500th career victory to “knock them right in the face” if they heard somebody say they would never send their daughter to Baylor.
At least 31 Baylor football players have been accused of committing at least 52 acts of rape over a three-year period, which ultimately cost football coach Art Briles, school president Kenneth Starr, athletic director Ian McCaw and Title IX coordinator Patty Crawford their jobs.
Mulkey apparently was referring to those incidents and the black mark they have left on Baylor’s athletic programs and the school in general.
On Sunday, she was backtracking.
In a statement to ESPN.com, she said: “I hate that I used the remark about punching them in the face. 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.
“My point was, ‘Please don’t paint, with a broad brush, the women at Baylor. I didn’t think about what I was going to say. I looked at my players, and the little girls and the women who are cheering for them. And I spoke with a lot of emotion.”
Baylor women’s basketball coach Kim
Mulkey apologized Sunday after asking fans to physically confront anybody overheard saying they would never send their daughter to Baylor. Mulkey told fans Saturday night to “knock them right in the face.”