Dave Birkett and Carlos Monarrez break down the Detroit Lions, hiring Dan Campbell as their new head coach on Wednesday, January 20, 2021


Detroit Free Press

Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell said he regretted the anti-gay remark he made when he was a college student during his inaugural news conference on Thursday and apologized for the comments.

Campbell was a 22-year-old senior at Texas A&M when he spoke at a rally to about 40,000 fans before a game against rival Texas in 1998. After expressing hatred against the Longhorns, Campbell said he was proud to attend a university , where men as women and women as men. ”

A local newspaper published an apology from Campbell in the days following the event.

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“I insulted some people and I’m sorry,” Campbell told the newspaper, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. “It was instantly hot. It is not necessarily that I directed it at anyone. ”

Campbell, 44, said Thursday he quickly regretted making the comments.

“Yeah, look, that was a bonfire comment,” Campbell said during a conference call. Texas was – I went to Texas A&M, but it was a rival game for us. And then you’re in front of students. I was 22 years old and I made a comment about, you know – yes, I came up with a comment that I should not have made was exactly what it was. And at the time, I was like, ‘Oh, man, this is, you know,’ – I thought it was something exciting.

“And I remember when I came home, and who now is my wife, my fiancée at that time, was like, ‘Oh, my God. What have you done?’ But she was right. It hit me right in the face after I talked to her. And look, I’ve apologized for that, and it was something – I was young and I wish I would not have said it. If I could go back, I would not have done it. But you know, here we are, and it’s out there, and all I can do is apologize for it. ”

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As the Lions began their search for a general manager and head coach, team president Rod Wood outlined some criteria, saying the organization would look for candidates who would instill a culture that is open and inclusive.

“I do not share them all with you,” Wood told reporters on January 5, “but I would say they focus on leadership, culture, teamwork, awareness of each other’s strengths and weaknesses. And what we’re really looking for is an open, inclusive culture where everyone pulls together as a team, and in a word, communication is paramount and everyone does the right thing for the Detroit Lions. ”

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