New Mexico Football Coach Fired For Telling Players To Stop Saying ‘n*gger’

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A black football coach in New Mexico was fired after telling middle school players to stop using racial slurs.

Thomas Davis was terminated this week as assistant coach at Mesa Middle School, where he’d worked for two years, after confronting players for calling each other “n*gger” on the sideline during a game, reported Raw Story.

Davis brought his concerns to head coach Gabriel Flores, but the head coach didn’t seems to care. He told the assistant it wasn’t his job to reprimand players, and then the 2 men scuffled.

Flores called 911, and police officers told both coaches to leave the field — but only Davis was fired.

Davis thought he was doing the right thing by trying to stop the racist remarks.

“I did what I’ve been trained to do, corral the incident,” Davis said. “If you’re not head in charge, you take it to the people in charge and let them handle it — and that’s exactly what I did.”

Davis said he had spoken to the head coach before about the players using the racial slur, noting that it was not directed at opponents or did not seem to single out black players.

“I’ve addressed it several times with him, I’ve addressed the kids several times,” he said.

Davis said the kid’s use of the racial slur was out of control and they refused to stop without the help of the head coach, who just didn’t seem to care.

“The repercussions, from my part, I’m no longer a coach,” he said.

Davis addressed the incident Wednesday night at a Roswell School Board meeting, saying teachers and other school employees must make clear to students that racist language is unacceptable.

“We teach reading, writing, mathematics and stuff like that, but as educators we need to teach social skills also,” Davis told school officials.

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)

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