'Last Chance U' coach Jason Brown resigns following series of inappropriate texts
Independence Community College head coach and star of Netflix’s “Last Chance U,” Jason Brown, has resigned from his position following a series of inappropriate text messages sent to a player.
Last week, Brown sent a series of text messages to player on his team from Germany, including one message that read “I’m your new Hitler.” Brown came under harsh scrutiny after the exchange was made public and has resigned from his post.
Brown released a statement on Monday.
“To all of my supporters, my players, coaches and fans, it is with strong emotions that I announce my decision to resign as Head Football Coach at Independence Community College,” Brown said in a statement. “The past 3.5 years have been very special to me and to my family, and I am proud of our programs many accomplishments over that period.”
To all my fans, supporters, both past and present players, and coaches, please read the following letter that I have posted and please respect my decision. Much love to you all, W.I.N. FOREVER! Once a Pirate always a Pirate! #DREAMU pic.twitter.com/M88TcQKvDQ
— Coach Brown (@INDYHEADCOACH1) February 25, 2019
Brown was known for his fiery temper and vulgar language, as was displayed in Netflix’s hit docuseries “Last Chance U.” But Brown still doesn’t seem to be taking responsibility for what transpired, placing blame on the Montgomery County Chronicle — a local newspaper — for his decision.
“Given what has most recently been allowed to transpire, it is clear, that it will be nearly impossible to stay here,” Brown said. “More plainly, the Montgomery County Chronicle has greatly diminished my ability to successfully do my job, and has set this football program back significantly, and the cumulative effect of all these detrimental factors I believe clearly constitute a constructive discharge of my employment. I have been working with the College to achieve greatness for 3.5 years, and I believe we accomplished this. I urge all naysayers on campus and in town to really look at yourself in the mirror and do a self-evaluation of yourself before so harshly judging others.”
Brown took over at Independence Community College in 2016.