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Bob Huggins Under Fire After Using Homophobic Slur on Cincinnati Radio Show

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West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins is in hot water after using a homophobic slur not once, but twice, during an appearance on a Cincinnati radio show on Monday morning.

During a Monday morning segment of 700 WLW’s Bill Cunningham Show, Huggins directed the slur towards Xavier University fans.

At the 1:15 mark of the audio clip, which was posted by Awful Announcing on Twitter, you can hear Huggins mention “all those f**s, those Catholic f**s,” when referencing Xavier fans who would “throw rubber penises on the floor, and then say they didn’t do it.”


Take a listen.

Huggins remarks were in response to a question of if he’d “poached any Xavier guys to come play at West Virginia” to which he said, “Catholics don’t do that.”

West Virginia released a statement from Huggins on the matter, in which he said he is “ashamed and embarrassed and heartbroken for those (he) hurt.”

“Earlier today on a Cincinnati radio program, was asked about the rivalry between my former employer, the University of Cincinnati, and its crosstown rival, Xavier University. During the conversation, I used a completely insensitive and abhorrent phrase that there is simply no excuse for – and I won’t try to make one here. I deeply apologize to the individuals I have offended, as well as to the xavier university community, the University of Cincinnati, and West Virginia University. As I have shared with my players over my 40 years of coaching, there are consequences for our words and actions, and I will fully accept any coming my way. I am ashamed and embarrassed and heartbroken for those I have hurt. I must do better, and I will.”


Bob Huggins currently sits third all-time in total wins among Division-I men’s basketball coaches with 934 victories. Huggins trails Jim Boeheim (1,015), and Mike Krzyzewski (1,202).

Huggins wins recently inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame with an overall record of 934-415 as a head coach, dating back to his first job at Walsh College in Ohio in the early 1980s.

Awful Announcing credits meteorologist Steve Norris for the initial report.

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