Creighton HC Greg McDermott apologizes for 'plantation' analogy
Creighton head coach Greg McDermott has acknowledged his use of and apologized for a recent insensitive analogy.
Tuesday evening, McDermott took to Twitter to discuss what happened. In a note, he admitted to urging his players to “stay on the plantation” after a hard-fought loss.
The comment came after a Feb. 27 loss to Xavier:
“Guys, we got to stick together. We need both feet in. I need everybody to stay on the plantation. I can’t have anybody leave the plantation,” wrote McDermott about his post-game message.
He went on to say that he immediately identified his egregious mistake and apologized to the student-athletes, his staff, and Creighton leadership. McDermott also indicated he has been having “difficult conversations” with student-athletes, staff, parents, and university leadership since that time.
Here is McDermott’s full statement:
I’m sorry. pic.twitter.com/tE6thM1aRc
— Coach McDermott (@cucoachmac) March 2, 2021
McDermott has led the Blue Jays since the start of the 2010-11 season. He has guided Creighton to five NCAA Tournament appearances but never beyond the Round of 32.
At 17-6, Creighton should be safely in the Tournament this season, and hopefully, McDermott learns from this moving forward.