Thursday, March 27

Lance Allred Cavs Update

On Tuesday I posted about Lance Allred, the NBA's first deaf basketball player. Since then, I ran across another article on him which detailed his struggles in getting to his sport's highest level.

Most of this article details the difficulty that "minor league" basketball players go through in scraping up enough money to live (and mentions he has been signed to a second 10-day contract), but one piece stood out.

Allred is the former East High School player who went on to the University of Utah, where his basketball experience was ruptured by rough treatment put upon him by former Ute coach Rick Majerus. The 6-foot-11 center, who had overcome physical ailments, severe hearing impairment, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and a family environment that, for a time, was polygamous, had been verbally abused, called, he says, by his former coach a "deaf, dumb f---" and a "disgrace to cripples" in front of his teammates.

The article goes on to discuss how his coach Rick Majerus (a quite famous basketball coach) resigned shortly after. I had no idea.

It's unfortunate that this type of discrimination goes on in general, but it's even more despicable that this coach said these derogatory remarks in front of his teammates. I'd love to hear the coach's version of the story, but assuming it is true, it really makes me lose a lot of respect for Majerus.

What do you think? What's the worst thing you, a friend or family member has been called.


MB said...

He has had quit the life. Amazing he has done so well. Did you read about his childhood in a polygamous compound?

I hope that coach feels like #($*& now! What a jerk.

Anonymous said...

Lance has had a rough time of it!
I'm glad to see that hes still going strong in the face of all the adversity...
it restores some of my faith in human kind...
Good Luck Lance, we're pulling for you.

Anonymous said...

That's just dispicable. Any coach who behaves like that should be banned from the sport for life. I'm both a basketball fan AND an interpreting major, so I have two very good reasons to be disgusted with that so-called "coach". May he feel like less that the scum of the earth.