July 25, 2024


Art Shines Through

Hue Jackson replaces Art Briles with another problematic coach

Hue Jackson somehow went from hiring Art Briles to a coach accused of sexual misconduct.

Hue Jackson by some means went from using the services of Art Briles to a mentor accused of sexual misconduct.
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Delighted Worldwide Women’s Working day!

Just times immediately after Artwork Briles stepped down from his extremely limited-lived appointment as Grambling State’s offensive coordinator, Hue Jackson has promoted nevertheless a further mentor with Title IX challenges.

John Simon, originally hired on as a large receivers mentor, comes to Grambling Point out from Memphis, where by he was put on administrative leave in February 2021 after a sexual misconduct complaint was filed from him. He parted techniques with Memphis just months later, denying all allegations, and the Title IX grievance was dropped as he was no lengthier associated with the university.

Simon was specifically accused of inaproppriate textual content messages and in-man or woman sexual developments. The grievance was submitted by Memphis’ previous director of soccer operations on behalf of an unidentified specific. A 2nd complaint from a unique individual accusing Simon of sexual harassment was filed a several days afterwards.

For each the Monroe News Star, head coach Hue Jackson expressed his complete self esteem in Simon’s marketing previous 7 days.

“I have confidence in John wholeheartedly…and seeking forward to just going factors forward, and I believe our staff members has accomplished a fantastic career. We don’t flinch when things come about, we just form of go on, circle the wagon and retain on shifting.”

At very first glance, which is certainly not the variety of rhetoric you want to see when the queries at stake in equally these hires revolve around sexual assault allegations — “moving on” and “circling the wagons” when “things happen” really don’t accurately instill confidence in questions about women’s security on campus with the existence of Briles or Simon. Jackson fundamentally dismissed any acknowledgment of possibly coach’s earlier wrongdoings.

This was not the initial time Jackson experienced attempted to brush earlier the allegations, producing in an open up letter that the Briles employ the service of was a “testament” to “forgiveness” and “redemption,” and closing with the daring assertion that “we will keep on to assist Coach Briles and all victims of assault,” implying that the two aforementioned get-togethers would someway should have the exact amount of help and protection.

Jackson by some means sank from hiring a coach who covered up sexual misconduct to just one who really perpetrated it, and with this second (and probably even worse) mistake, it is crystal clear that he wants to be taken off as head mentor at Grambling Point out. Amongst the countless numbers of coaches all through the country, he genuinely just can’t find 1 without a questionable qualifications? It virtually feels like it is on objective at this issue, and I’m unsure how the administration is allowing for this to proceed.

To make it possible for individuals who have perpetrated or covered up sexual harrassment or abuse to continue being in ability is a large middle finger to the girls on Grambling State’s campus and school, and sends student athletes as young as 18 decades outdated the concept that it’s by some means acceptable to brush off or diminish sexual assault allegations. This is just an unbelievably disappointing progress, especially when you consider that Jackson was geared up to go down swinging for Briles.

Simon will have to have to go a College of Louisiana overview board right before his marketing is official.