Saturday, 23 March, 2019

Baseball coach fired after rejecting Colorado recruit because of state's pot law

Baseball coach fired after rejecting Colorado recruit because of state's pot law Baseball coach fired after rejecting Colorado recruit because of state's pot law
Patty Aguilar | 02 March, 2018, 05:02

Texas Wesleyan University's head baseball coach emailed a Colorado high school player saying the college team doesn't recruit prospects from his state because they've "had trouble passing our drug test".

It had nothing to do with talent, however.

Colorado residents passed a law in 2012 that allows people to legally posses marijuana.

Ironically, I am pretty sure someone with two brain cells would know that judging someone based on where they live is wrong and then to send it in an email is quite idiotic. We have made a decision to not take a chance on student-athletes from your state.

Jeffcoat, terminated as head baseball coach at the private Fort Worth university, has strident political and social views.

Perusing the current roster for Texas Wesleyan, you'll find that the majority of the university's players hail from Texas, but one lone Coloradan suits up for the Rams.

Jeffcoat, a former Major League Baseball pitcher, was sacked for "his remarks as well as the NAIA violations under his watch", university president Fred Slabach told reporters Thursday. "My intention was just to try to play baseball", he said, via NBC Colorado affiliate KOAA 5. I'm a good student-athlete.

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The message, sent to the recruit named Gavin (who did not list his last name), says the program will not recruit any players from the state of Colorado due to its legalization of marijuana.

Texas Wesleyan fired its baseball coach Thursday for a comment made about recruits from the state of Colorado. "It was just me talking to my coaches and my loved ones like 'What do I do with it, '" Bell said.

He also said the email was ironic, given that Bell "is a great kid" and never caused any problems.

Slabach added that he's planning to contact Bell with an invitation to enroll at Texas Wesleyan.

"We care about those students". "Like the NAIA's core values, we are focused on building and recruiting champions of character".

"The comments he made are in no way a reflection of our university or its values", Slabach said.

Jeffcoat pitched 10 seasons in the Major Leagues with several teams.

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