Unbelievably, the coach of a Texas high school basketball team that beat another team 100-0 was fired Sunday. The same exact day he sent an e-mail to a newspaper saying he will not apologize “for a wide-margin victory when my girls played with honor and integrity.” And, why the hell should he? His team was dominant!
But, Kyle Queal, the headmaster for Covenant School, called the performance “shameful”. Wanna know what I consider shameful? Making people feel bad for being winners. And, for making those young ladies feel bad for being better at playing like a team.
On the Covenant website, they posted a statement regretting the outcome. “It is shameful and an embarrassment that this happened. This clearly does not reflect a Christlike and honorable approach to competition,” said the statement, signed by Queal and board chair Todd Doshier.
Grimes, who has been criticized for letting the game get so far out of hand, made it clear in the e-mail Sunday to the newspaper that he does not agree with his school’s assessment.
He replied to the school saying “In response to the statement posted on The Covenant School Web site, I do not agree with the apology or the notion that the Covenant School girls basketball team should feel embarrassed or ashamed,” Grimes wrote in the e-mail, according to the newspaper. “We played the game as it was meant to be played. My values and my beliefs would not allow me to run up the score on any opponent, and it will not allow me to apologize for a wide-margin victory when my girls played with honor and integrity.”
A phone number for Grimes could not be located by The Associated Press. The Dallas Morning News said Grimes did not respond to their repeated e-mail requests for a telephone interview.
There was no answer at a number listed for Doshier.
Unsurprisingly, a parent who attended the game said Covenant continued to make 3-pointers. Even in the fourth quarter. She praised the Covenant players but said spectators and an assistant coach were cheering wildly as their team edged closer to 100 points.
Covenant was up 59-0 at halftime. But, these girls were playing like a well oiled machine!
There is no mercy rule in girls basketball. And, there shouldn’t be! Undeniably, the Covenant girls played hard, and destroyed. Why should they feel bad for being winners?