Glenn Schembechler apologized Monday for his social media activity, which prompted him to resign from Michigan as the team’s assistant director of football recruiting after just days on the job.
According to multiple reports, Schembechler’s Twitter account featured several questionable likes, including suggestions that slavery and Jim Crow laws had a positive effect on black people. He referred to the «likes» in his statement.
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«My entire life and that of my dad and my family has been dedicated to the best in people, regardless of race, religion or creed. I have nurtured my family through hard work and dedicated service, promoting black excellence and lifelong academic and athletic successes for all,» the statement read. «I was raised on the right side of history. My success, my family’s, my father’s, our entire legacy centers on the debt we owe to dozens and dozens of black families, and all families, that allowed us to be a part of their incredible journeys. These black players are among the greatest influences in my life besides faith, family, and my father, all of whom inform me of unalienable equality. Create greater opportunities for every aspiring athlete, especially black athletes, it has been our focus of family and life’s work.
«But what I do for a living is far less important than letting people know what’s on my heart, and my pioneer dad has instilled that in me since I was born. By inexplicably and irresponsibly liking on social media, Le I owe a blatant and unequivocal apology to my hundreds of friends and fellow coaches in the Black community, all communities, the University of Michigan, my father’s legacy, and my family. Any word or philosophy that in any way seeks to minimize immeasurable suffering and The long-term economic and social inequalities that hundreds of years of slavery and the ‘Jim Crow’ era caused black Americans are wrong.
USC ATHLETIC DIRECTOR MIKE BOHN SUDDENLY DESTINED
«We must never sanitize morally unhealthy historical behaviors that have hindered the Black community or any other community. There are no historical positives to the experience of our brothers and sisters. While I am disappointed by my flippant behavior on Twitter, those who know me best like Stony Burks, Pierre Woods and many others will confirm what they know to be true in my heart and in my head.Let this be another unfortunate example of exercising greater caution and judgment on social media, not just to avoid violating your commitments to for life., core values and ideals, but to help continue the march of even greater progress for our crucible.My sincerest apologies, once again and profusely, to anyone I have offended, to the great institution that is the University of Michigan and the athletics community at large, I have been honored to dedicate my life’s work with the integrity and decency inspired by my family for decades. We’ve all made mistakes, so I expect forgiveness based on my expansive life’s work, and not on any moment of indiscretion.»
Schembechler was in the NFL for 25 years working as a scout, according to the Detroit News. He last worked for the Las Vegas Raiders before he was fired in February.
According to ESPN, Schembechler went through a background check during the hiring process. The Twitter account associated with him, @shemyscout, has since been disabled.
Schembechler is the son of veteran Wolverines football coach Bo Schembechler.
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Bo Schembechler coached the Wolverines from 1969 to 1989 and led the team to 13 Big Ten Championships.