Mac thanked UH fans for their support

In his opening statement on the Warrior Beat show, Mac said:
“Basically, I made a mistake.” (HA)

Mac added that he is working:
“to make up for that and moving straight ahead to football. So I’m not really going to talk about that anymore. I got a little choked up at the press conference because every player was there to walk me into the room and show me that they had my back. And you know, some people might have thought that was weird, but I got emotional. But I love my players and it was really an emotional (time).” (HA)

HA Note: “At the end of the show, one reader (Mitch Kahle) commented: “For Coach McMackin: As a person with many gay, lesbian, and transgender friends, I was deeply offended by your use of a hurtful slur, and I immediately wrote letters of complaint to the University. Your public apology was greatly appreciated and obviously sincere. Thank you.””

Responding to that comment, Mac said:
“You know, thank you. I will say that … cause I’m not going talk about this anymore. There’s been enough talked about, nationally they want to talk about it, but in Hawai’i, and across the country, I have e-mails, I have thousands of positive e-mails … because I’m very sincere. I did not mean to do that. I hurt people. I want to do things, I want to make some PSAs and work with the gay, lesbian, community on our campus. I just … like my wife says, she never heard me use that word in 40 years of marriage. And the thing is, I don’t know how it happened. I made a mistake. Like I said, I’m moving ahead and all I care now about is this football team. And quite honestly, doing the right things for people. I’ve always taught to treat people with respect and dignity and I appreciate what that person said and what people … I’ve received about 20-30 e-mails and letters from people from the gay community that completely understand that I wasn’t meaning anything about their community. I was trying to be funny about how our haka was stronger than Notre Dame and I wasn’t really trying to knock Notre Dame. They didn’t put all the good things I said about Notre Dame in. The thing is, I made a mistake and I feel really bad about it. I’ve expressed that and I’m completely dedicated to my football team and I really appreciate that comment.” (HA)

Thanking UH fans for their support, Mac said:
“I appreciate you having me on and I appreciate all of the fans out there. I appreciate the Tsai-kos (readers of Tsai’s blog). I can’t thank you enough for all the e-mails the Tsaikos and the fans sent to me. They are so appreciated. It has been hard on me but I deserve it. I really appreciate the support that I’ve got here and I just want to thank everyone for that.” (HA)

Former NFL player Esera Tualo, who announced he was gay in 2002, said that he was upset by Mac’s comments and added:
“The funny thing about it is he has gay athletes on his team.” (HSB)


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