Tennessee Coach Apologizes for KKK Joke at Fundraiser

September 25, 2009 - 2:19 PM
Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl has apologized for a joking remark that linked the rural home of one his players to the Ku Klux Klan.
Knoxville, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl has apologized for a joking remark that linked the rural home of one his players to the Ku Klux Klan.
 
Pearl was the featured speaker Thursday at a charity fundraising event in Knoxville at the Tennessee Valley Authority. The audience was laughing as he described shaping a team from players with different backgrounds.
 
With WBIR-TV cameras rolling, Pearl said he has players from "the 'hood" of Chicago and Detroit, and players like freshman Skylar McBee from Grainger County, "where they wear the hood."
 
He issued a statement later Thursday saying he did not intend to offend anyone, especially anyone in Grainger County. He says he is disappointed the remark took attention away from the charity event.