You know you shouldn't have hired someone if you have to release a statement a few days after you hired them explaining why you hired them.
On Monday morning, Hue Jackson – the owner of a 20.5 winning percentage as an NFL head coach – announced, through his foundation, why he hired the former head coach. in disgrace of Baylor, Art Briles, as offensive coordinator at Grambling State University. The move came as a shock to the college football world, as Briles was fired from Baylor in 2016 due to the team's rape cover-up. It was also a blow for the HBCUs, as Jackson overlooked worthy black offensive coordinators to go with someone like Briles, whom he had defended since being fired in Waco.
"I really believe [Briles] is going to start doing what he's doing again at some point," Jackson predicted six years ago. “We've all kind of been knocked down before, me too. I have been judged unjustly before and judged correctly too. I try not to do that with people. I try to take people at face value and I just know that I've met him and talked to him a lot and whatever happens at Baylor I don't tolerate or his presence here says we tolerate whatever it would be.
Briles' hiring was so upsetting that Doug Williams -- the former two-time head coach and the program's most iconic player -- cut his support short.
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“I'm not a fan at all. I'm very, very disappointed in Grambling, I really am,” Williams told Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post. “I've spoken to the DA a few times. They knew where I was, but they did it and if that's what they want to do, that's fine. I'm outside."
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“Oh no. I can't do that. No no No. If I support them, I tolerate them,” he added.
But despite all of this, Briles is still on staff as Jackson was forced to release public statements supporting him from his foundation which, ironically, "supports efforts to return to human trafficking." And since Jackson still doesn't understand why his decision infuriated so many, here's a breakdown of why his statement is pure trash.