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Sports Illustrated says: “The Best Thing Bob Huggins Can Do For West Virginia Is Resign”

Fairness West Virginia, a statewide civil rights organization that advocates for LGBTQ people, released the following statement about Coach Bob Huggins’ recent interview:

“Coach Bob Huggins embarrassed his team, his university and Mountaineers everywhere yesterday by casually using a homophobic slur and disparaging transgender people in a radio interview. It’s well known that this slur has been a tool to torment and harass our community. There is no excuse for using that kind of language in the year 2023. 

Coach Huggins’ words are particularly painful because he is loved by thousands of West Virginians, including many LGBTQ people. Thousands of young Mountaineers look up to Coach Huggins, and this week they saw their role model using slurs and demeaning another team for their faith. His apology was a good first step, but now he needs to show us that his words are not empty. 

One of the most important things Coach Huggins can do right now is to listen to the people he has hurt. Our team will gladly offer our time to help the WVU athletics department learn more about the impact of his comments and to understand the harm that these slurs cause. Ultimately, though, it’s up to Coach Huggins and university officials to make amends and prove to our community they understand the seriousness of this harmful rhetoric.

You can draw a direct line through history from this dehumanizing language to the growing wave of anti-LGBTQ legislation that is sweeping across our country. Lawmakers in Coach Huggins’ own state have introduced bills to ban rainbows from the classroom and to ban drag queens from performing in public, just to name a few. Our community has increasingly been under attack, and we desperately need leaders who understand that hate has no place in West Virginia — including on our basketball courts.”


Fairness West Virginia, the state’s largest LGBTQ organization clearly does not think it is in the best interest of their community for Huggins to be fired or resigned. They want to use this opportunity to move the discussion forward.

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Huggins is one of the top 10 winningest coaches in history. He has a career that spans over 38 years. The 69 year old coach and WVU alum has been the Mountaineer’s head coach since 2007.

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  1. Taylor

    May 9, 2023 at 3:34 pm

    Keep Bobby!

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