Mulkey re­thinks her words

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

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.”

AP/MIKE STONE

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.”

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