TCU Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson apologized for using a racial slur in a conversation with a player.
Patterson released a statement Tuesday saying he met with his senior class and the Horned Frogs’ Leadership Council about how to move forward.
“We are committed as individuals and as a program to fighting racial injustice of any kind,” Patterson said. “I apologize for a use of a word that, in any context, is unacceptable,” Patterson said. “I have always encouraged our players to do better and be better and I must live by the same standards.
“Our players, past and present, have always been the strength of our program. These men are and will always be my motivation and driving force.”
The player, redshirt freshman Dylan Jordan, posted to Twitter on Monday an account of his interactions with Patterson the previous day at practice, which resulted in Patterson telling Jordan “you’ve been saying (n-word) in the meeting room.”
When teammates heard of the exchange, per Jordan, they approached him before Monday’s practice and decided to skip the workout.
Other teammates, such as senior tight end Artayvious Lynn, wanted to distinguish that Patterson was not calling Jordan the slur.
“(Patterson) was trying to get Dylan to stop saying the word period,” Lynn said in his own statement. “In my 5 years of being at TCU I have definitely experienced much racism. I never experienced being call a (n-word) by any coach.”