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Simply days after Artwork Briles stepped down from his extraordinarily short-lived appointment as Grambling State’s offensive coordinator, Hue Jackson has promoted one more coach with Title IX points.
John Simon, initially employed on as a large receivers coach, involves Grambling State from Memphis, the place he was positioned on administrative depart in February 2021 after a sexual misconduct grievance was filed in opposition to him. He parted methods with Memphis simply weeks later, denying all allegations, and the Title IX grievance was dropped as he was now not related to the varsity.
Simon was particularly accused of inaproppriate textual content messages and in-person sexual advances. The grievance was filed by Memphis’ former director of soccer operations on behalf of an unidentified particular person. A second grievance from a distinct particular person accusing Simon of sexual harassment was filed just a few days later.
Per the Monroe News Star, head coach Hue Jackson expressed his complete confidence in Simon’s promotion final week.
“I belief John wholeheartedly…and looking out ahead to only shifting issues ahead, and I believe our workers has accomplished an important job. We don’t flinch when issues occur, we simply sort of transfer on, circle the wagon and carry on shifting.”
At first look, that’s positively not the sort of rhetoric you wish to see when the questions at stake in each these hires revolve round sexual assault allegations — “shifting on” and “circling the wagons” when “issues occur” don’t precisely instill confidence in questions on girls’s security on campus with the presence of Briles or Simon. Jackson basically dismissed any acknowledgment of both coach’s earlier wrongdoings.
This wasn’t the primary time Jackson had tried to brush previous the allegations, writing in an open letter that the Briles rent was a “testomony” to “forgiveness” and “redemption,” and shutting with the daring assertion that “we are going to proceed to assist Coach Briles and all victims of assault,” implying that the 2 aforementioned events would someway deserve the identical stage of assist and protection.
Jackson someway sank from hiring a coach who lined up sexual misconduct to 1 who truly perpetrated it, and with this second (and probably worse) error, it’s clear that he must be eliminated as head coach at Grambling State. Among the many hundreds of coaches all through the nation, he actually can’t discover one with no questionable background? It virtually feels prefer it’s on goal at this level, and I’m not sure how the administration is permitting this to proceed.
To permit individuals who have perpetrated or lined up sexual harrassment or abuse to stay in energy is a huge center finger to the ladies on Grambling State’s campus and college, and sends pupil athletes as younger as 18 years outdated the message that it’s someway acceptable to brush off or diminish sexual assault allegations. That is simply an extremely disappointing growth, significantly when you think about that Jackson was ready to go down swinging for Briles.
Simon might want to go a College of Louisiana evaluation board earlier than his promotion is official.