Baylor refuses vehicle offered by dealer after general manager’s remark on “hood”

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Baylor and men’s basketball coach Scott Drew turned down a vehicle from a Texas dealership after the company’s general manager made a callous remark in an interview.

Allen Samuels Auto Group chief executive Ted Teague made the remark Tuesday on KWTX-TV. Teague said Drew was getting the custom Jeep because the dealership had given female basketball coach Kim Mulkey the use of a Corvette in the past.

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“Coach Scott can take advantage of it and he will use it to get some people out of the hood, Teague said.

Baylor released a statement on the remark on Wednesday.

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“We spoke to Ted Teague about his comments last night,” Drew and Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades said in a joint statement. “His remarks do not match our institutional values ​​or the culture of our sports programs. We can confirm that we do not accept the Jeep driven in Tuesday’s parade. As a department, we are committed to recruiting a diverse group. student-athletes, coaches and staff, all of whom are valued members of our community. “

Teague apologized for the remark, saying he misspoke when he used the word “hood.”

“When the word came out of my mouth, I immediately knew it was the wrong word, he said. “I know I have disrespected countless people within our amazing Waco community, and beyond. I am deeply disappointed and saddened by my actions and I apologize to all of you. more sincere. “

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Baylor defeated Gonzaga to win his first NCAA men’s basketball title in school history.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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