It appears that newly annointed head football coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes, Urban Meyer, is the latest victim of the “political correctness” police.
Unhappy that his team wasn’t performing well in practice, Meyer forced his players to don lavender jerseys, suggesting that they were too “soft.”
Well, that didn’t go over too well with OSU’s GLBT group, the Scarlet and Gay.
According to an article on AOL’s Sporting News, the president of the OSU GLBT society told a local paper that, “the choice of lavender reinforces homophobia and promotes bullying…” claiming that the color is often associated with the GLBT community.
The organization demanded an apology from the Buckeye’s coach, and Urban obliged, claiming that he never intended offend anyone.
In a letter published in the school’s newspaper, Meyer wrote:
“Thank you for sharing your concerns regarding the purple mesh pullovers. The use of purple was never intended to be used to offend anyone, but since it has, we have taken steps to change the color.
“Please accept our sincere apologies. We have core values of respect and honor within our program, and these are two principles that are central to my personal life, my coaching and to Ohio State and its athletics programs. Bias has absolutely no role in how we think or operate.”
Good for Urban for apologizing, but was it really necessary?
Ok, ok. I get that your offended, but come on folks…sometimes a color is just that–a color. Unfortunately, however, we live in a world where political correctness is out of control.