Originally posted on The Last Angry Fan  |  Last updated 5/31/13
Rivalries in college sports can be particularly brutal. But the so-called “jokes” Gordon Gee used to explain why Notre Dame was not invited into the Big Ten Conference weren’t just offensive and block-headed, they bordered on outright bigotry. On December 5th 2012, at a meeting of the Ohio State University Athletic Council, school President Gordon Gee stated that “You just can’t trust those damn Catholics” when he was asked why Notre Dame had not been invited into the Big Ten. But Gee didn’t stop there—he proceeded to shove his foot further into his mouth, saying “The fathers are holy on Sunday, and they’re holy hell on the rest of the week,” to the council attendees. Can’t you just picture him standing in the middle of his lawn, in a tattered bath robe, muttering these obscenities to himself and shaking his fists? If our Catholic readers are feeling a bit singled out, they shouldn’t. Gee is an equal opportunity idiot, as he also took the opportunity to attack all of the fans of the SEC in the very same meeting. He responded to the popular “Why does a conference called the Big Ten have fourteen teams?” wisecrack by saying, “You tell the SEC when they can learn to read and write, then they can figure out what we’re doing.” I am sure Gary Busey would be proud. Here is a pro-tip for the 69 year-old bow-tie and horn-rimmed glasses wearing jokester…stick to raising money for your university, and try to do it with your mouth closed. There is no need to disrespect an entire religious group (which includes your football coach, the Roman Catholic Urban Meyer) or an entire region of the nation by insinuating that SEC fans are illiterate. According to abcnews.com, in a classic, I’m-not-sorry-for-what-I-did-I’m-only-sorry-I-got-caught moment, Gee immediately apologized, when he found out his comments were made public. The post Ohio State President Gordon Gee: “You Just Can’t Trust Those Damn Catholics” appeared first on Last Angry Fan.
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