A new catch phrase may have just entered the sports world. Coined by USA Today columnist Christine Brennan, the phrase to “pull a
The phrase refers to this week’s tepid response by the university in question to a controversy surrounding its women’s basketball coach Rene Portland.
Harris, by the way, says she is not gay -- a fact that truly doesn’t matter when it comes to discrimination. (Note that even well-meaning straight folks can sometimes miss the fact that they can be subjected to the same discrimination gays face, or even the same unfair laws. It’s all a matter of perception… but I do digress.)
Harris’s basketball career was in tatters, and she was driven off the team.
In response, the university gave
It’s important to note that this will be the second time
's reprimand was slight — a $10,000 fine against the backdrop of a six-figure salary. She also was ordered to participate in diversity and inclusiveness training and was told if she ever does anything like this again, the university definitely will fire her then. Portland
With a feisty scowl,…
(this week) denied discriminating against Harris, who filed a federal lawsuit against her. She also called the university's investigative process "flawed." Now that's chutzpah. The university president gives her another chance, and she runs right up and kicks him in the teeth. Portland
and homosexuals have an ignominious history together. In the 1990s, she refused to deny in a Philadelphia Inquirer story that she discriminated against lesbians in her program. When she was saying this back then, she found some takers, especially in the living rooms of Portland Middle America.
One wonders, however, what she is finding today in a world that is more open-minded and, presumably, far more surprised to hear such stark words of discrimination, words that, if one lives by them, also happen to be against the law.
is a smart woman. She clearly knows how to pick whom to despise on the Portland campus. Replace the word "gay" with black, Asian, Jew or even overweight, and she would be cleaning out her desk today. Penn State
Women’s Hoops Blog has a good background piece on the issue called “A Brief History of Rene Portland and the L Word.”