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Slive Has Already Accepted An Apology From OSU’s Gee; Columnists, Twitter Outraged

pointed-finger-accusationOhio State president Gordon Gee has once again botched a joke in a public setting.  Actually, he botched several jokes.  His attempts at being funny in front of an OSU athletic council meeting back in December have turned into a national scandal — what doesn’t? — and now he’s having to beg for forgiveness.

If you missed his comments, you can read them here.  Putting it simply, the ex-Vanderbilt chancellor fired a shot at SEC academics while also managing to insult Notre Dame, Louisville, the ACC, and Catholics everywhere.  And, yes, the Catholic thing is the biggie.

Being an ex-SEC man himself, Gee knows SEC commissioner Mike Slive quite well.  And according to Slive, Gee has already called him to apologize.  So has Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany.  And Slive has accepted both men’s apologies:

 

“(Gee) called me a week or so ago and he said he said some things that he wanted to apologize for.  I didn’t know what they were, he didn’t say what they were and (he) said they might come out and wanted (me) to know he was very apologetic and very sorry for what he said.

Subsequently I got a call from Jim Delany the other day, prior to it coming out and not only did he apologize… he made it abundantly clear that he has great respect for the Southeastern Conference, enjoys the competitions and Gordon Gee was not speaking for him or the Big Ten and he apologized on behalf of himself and on behalf of the Big Ten conference.”

 

Enough.  End of story.

When I first read the Gee story I thought to myself: “What a stupid thing for a university president to say in public, even in a joking manner.”  Then I wrote that.  And then I moved on.

Unfortunately half the folks in America are now out for Gee’s head, outraged — outraged!!! — over his comments.

Lighten up, Francis.

Gee was trying to be cute and as is usually the case when he tries to be cute — “I hope Jim Tressel doesn’t dismiss me” –  he failed miserably.

Sadly, as a society we no longer have the ability to move on from anything.  Take Florida assistant Tim Davis’ “devil” comment regarding Alabama’s Nick Saban.  It was a dumb thing to say in public, joking or not.  UF coach Will Muschamp and AD Jeremy Foley both called Saban to apologize on Davis’ behalf, though the assistant — the one guy who should have apologized — hasn’t.

But did we really need two full weeks of national stories on that topic?

Mention it.  Give an opinion on it.  Move on.

But that’s now what happened in Davis’ case.  And it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen in L’affaire Gee, either.

 


7 comments
RoadTrip
RoadTrip like.author.displayName 1 Like

I understand trying to be control the emotions after taking a ridiculous shot from someone. However, Gee is a continuous repeat offender. Which makes him a bigoted goober who is a liability to OSU and its supporters as well as the Big 10. The longer he stays the less I think of OSU as a university. FWIW, I grew up in Ohio and know the legacy of the school quite well.

Clarence
Clarence like.author.displayName 1 Like

Gee is an equal opportunity offender.

Bootheel
Bootheel like.author.displayName 1 Like

My question is:  How does a buffoon like this wind up in a $1.9 million dollar job?  The Polish, Little Sisters of the Poor, Catholics, ND, SEC, Louisville, Kentucky, the list gets longer by his own stupidity.  Even if said without malice, he is not as bright as everyone at OSU seems to think he is, he knew the meeting was being recorded, Duh.   OSU's beacon of knowledge.


GatorBuc2
GatorBuc2 like.author.displayName 1 Like

As someone raised Catholic I don't find the comments humorous.  As stated in this thread, if Catholic was substituted with Muslim, people would be protesting the Ohio State campus right now.In the recording, the SEC learning to read and write comment was in response to a question which was edited out.I would be interested in what the question was.Might have the individual asked what would the SEC think if they knew we were talking to Vandy?If so, would ESPN have a right to sue the BIG Ten for tortuous interference considering the investments in the SEC Network?

buddha22
buddha22 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Gee is simply a bigot that doesn't think before he speaks. He has had made multiple comments that were obviously said in closed rooms and he decided to bust them out and then hide behind the "apology" or the "you couldn't believe I meant that that way" baloney that only the so called elite look the other way because "...oh, he means well." He should be skewered and run out of town. I am sick to death that this type of bigotted thought and speech is "acceptable" in any forum and if we as a people don't put a stop to it, it just continues.

Too heavy for a sports blog, but unfortunately this idiot has imposed himself by a quick look at who he really is.

KellyJones2
KellyJones2 like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

John, people are outraged because if you replaced "Catholic" with any other ethnic or religious group, there would be outrage from people who are brushing this off now.  If the President of one of the largest and most influential universities had said the same thing about Protestants, Muslims, Caucasians, Africans, Asians,etc., he would have been skewered.  Showing a bias toward a religious or ethnic group is not acceptable for a high profile public servant.  Bob down the road can say such things without much backlash because he does not make MAJOR decisions on behalf of students and the state using their tax or tuition money.  Gordon Gee does not have the luxury to joke about such things.

quad77
quad77 like.author.displayName 1 Like

I could care less about his SEC comments, those were just jokes that didnt sound funny in the written word. I suspect had Slive said something similar us SEC fans would be supporting him. However, as a Catholic I am bothered by his comments, the SEC BIG Ten rivalry is true and provoked from both sides. The ND/Catholic thing sounded more personal and had he said it about a race of people instead of a religious denomination he would have already been fired.

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