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Bielema On Slur Claims Leveled Against His Team: “All 11 Of Our Defensive Players Were African-American”

gfx - they said itFlorida center Jon Harrison said yesterday that he had been called “every version of the ‘N-word’ known to man” before being ejected from the Gators’ win over Arkansas in early October.  He claimed that an Arkansas player had hurled the slurs at him which led him to seek out an official, accidentally touch him, and get himself tossed from the game.

Bret Bielema — as expected — had to answer questions about the alleged incident today on the SEC’s weekly teleconference.  His response:

 

“I remember the player that was ejected and the play that it happened on.  I immediately called — it was Jarett Lake that the play actually happened on — I asked Lake and he categorically denied anything of that nature.  I think if it was a big deal, I probably would have heard about it after the game, not four weeks later.  I understand that player just (this week) got a chance to talk.  But that wouldn’t go on with our guys…

Actually, in the Florida game, all 11 of our defensive players (including Lake) were African-American.  I have a hard time believing that anyone on our roster would say anything along those lines without getting noticed by our own guys.  I don’t see an issue there.”

 

A wise, level-headed response from the Razorbacks’ coach.  It should end the mini-controversy…

Unless Harrison sheds more light on the matter with further comments.  Assuming Will Muschamp will allow him to make further comments.

Stay tuned….

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UF’s “Predators” Talking Big While Coach Preaches Silence

During SEC Media Days, Florida linebacker Lerentee McCray said he and his teammates want to make teams scared to play Florida again.  Yesterday, defensive back Matt Elam took things a step further:

 

“We’re predators.  We’re looking to knock heads off or making people scare to run across the middle or do a post or run a sideline and see us coming.  We want to be the rude nation.  People come in and we want them to be like, ‘Oh, gosh, we might have a long night in The Swamp.’  Just being rude and making people afraid of us.”

 

Will Muschamp’s comments from yesterday were slightly different:  “We need to stop talking and start playing.”

Additionally, center Jon Harrison even said: “We kind of saw (smack talk) as a little bit of a problem (last year).  Everybody had kind of talked about just concentrating on football and if somebody (talks smack) we’ll pull them aside and tell them to stop it.”

Someone might want to get Harrison and Muschamp together with Elam.

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