TCU Players Push Back After Teammate Makes Gary Patterson N-Word Accusations (Update)

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TCU head coach Gary Patterson allegedly called out redshirt freshman linebacker Dylan Jordan for posting his girlfriend on social media for National Girlfriend Day (it was Saturday, if you forgot) and that turned into a deeper argument that Jordan claims included Patterson calling him out for using the n-word in a meeting room by Patterson then using the n-word.

Jordan says players refused to practice this morning and used the n-word again. “This behavior is not okay now or ever and there needs to be repercussions to these actions,” Jordan posted on Twitter.

Senior tight end Artayvious Lynn pushed back against Jordan’s characterization of the events. “I never stated that the word was okay to use. We as a Team discussed this already on how unacceptable it was to say the word period and decided not to practice to think of ways to move forward,” Lynn wrote on Twitter.

The TCU players pushing back on the situation want people to understand is that Patterson never used the n-word towards a player. “Don’t believe everything you see in the media, know the facts behind a situation before you try to make a situation public. No one was called the N word. You Twitter fingers need to be cancelled ASAP!,” junior wide receiver Derius Davis tweeted.

As for the girlfriend post that started all this, it must’ve been deleted. A photo of Jordan’s girlfriend last appeared on Instagram July 25 and it was a for a “date night,” not National Girlfriend Day.

[Update] Gary Patterson has issued an apology.

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

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Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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  1. It’s the First word I would eliminate completely if I could. And any of it’s derivatives too. It can’t be done. Too bad.

    However, I’ve never ever found a context where the N word fits in a sentence in a proper way. It’s an ‘Anti’ word. It’s the opposite of anything positive. Maybe it has to exist in order to remind us of its impurity. It’s like light and dark. Good and evil.

    It’s like smelling a Fart. There are no ‘good’ smelling farts.

    You can’t say To your girlfriend, with a straight face, ‘hey your farts smell good’.

    So why is the N word used by anyone in any form.
    (Are you listening JZ?)

    The coach In this article shouldn’t have used the word, but context matters. And his intent was pretty clear. Not sure I could be a coach in today’s sports world.

    Worrying about every word you utter as if it defines you Forever is not the way to live. Or play. Or coach.

  2. First Mike Gundy put on the hot seat for a news station tee. Now Patterson for telling his player not to use the N-word at meetings. Getting mad at him in that context is like getting mad at any white person for reciting a rap lyric (btw try rapping any Birdman verse w/o saying the N-word).

    These coaches are slowly losing control of their teams as players become more entitled w/ less transfer restrictions than ever before. Lord, you are going to have to be the wokest coach to find and retain any impressionable talent. Crazy times.

    • Agreed. In the near future coaches will be glorified babysitters who have no say in anything. It will be pick up football with the players calling the plays, disciplining themselves, etc. Won’t that be fun. It will be like Last Chance U at every major university. I am surprised guys like Bob Huggins (different sport I know) still have jobs.

    • trust me, I’m almost 42, and when ODBs ‘Brooklyn Zoo” ques up… i’m on every single syllable…you see, when I was 14 and a dumb urban white kid, and really loved hip hop to the point that it made me racist

    • Hate to say it but I think these coaches are going to have to be full-on woke going forward and won’t be able to push their guys too hard. There is no room for nuance and understanding because social media allows any disgruntled player to air dirty laundry… and once it’s out there’s no unringing that bell.

    • It’s getting to the point where the only coaches who will be able to do so will be white coaches who are legends like Nick Saban, Mack Brown, Urban Meyer and no-nonsense black coaches like Herm Edwards. Everybody else will get no respect. I hate to paint it on racial lines but, when everything the left and these stupid kids say and think about is IN the lens of race, I think I might have to myself.

      • FVW – No doubt. I was thinking the same thing. You are going to have to be a well established and respected coach to command any respect and run a tight ship. It’s totally out of pocket and immature for these kids to be running to Twitter to air out their grievances but this is the times in which we now live. Gone are the times where you speak face to face to iron shit out.

    • Well hopefully his teammates, the non-frothing ones like we see in the article, can set his stupid ass straight. If not, he’ll just transfer to some dumb school that never wins anything….but hey, he’ll get PT and will never be challenged on any insane refuse that comes out of his mouth!

  3. Having trouble figuring out what actually happened here…does Coach Patterson have a rule against players using the n-word, and Dylan Jordan hasn’t been following that rule?

    • I think it’s more of a respect thing. When you’re at a team meeting I assume the protocol is to conduct yourself professionally, meaning don’t drop N-bombs. But the N-word is also a weird power complex thing. It’s a word used by black people as a “term of endearment” to other black people but white people aren’t allowed to use it (even though it’s use is super mainstream by all races, particularly kids). So, buddy probably felt some kind of way about a white dude setting that rule in the first place. I will add though, even though the context wasn’t racist per se, Patterson should have just left it as “N-word”. It’s a lose-lose situation for him to say n*gga even if he’s saying it specifically for it to not be said going forward. Context matters but it’s a trigger word for many. Ultimately, I think it’s a combination of things (no PT, etc.) as to why buddy feels the need to go to Twitter.

    • I think you’re probably spot-on, that’s the impression I got. Part of ‘making boys into men’ as many coaches like to say is helping to teach these kids how to be professional. No normal job will allow you to just drop N-bombs whenever you please, that’s very unprofessional and scummy. But these kids are being told they don’t have to respect authority and don’t have to be professional at all in their lives. Hence a good man and good coach like Patterson is having to actually tell these MORONS to not cuss and drop slurs in the middle of a freaking team meeting. BAD look on this generation.

  4. Sad that Gary Patterson had to get into this non-sense especially his players had come out to defend him in this situation. He probably regretted getting into this w/ players regarding their National Girlfriend Day picture. Should have just let it go……that being said, I am usually for players empowerment but in most of these cases now, players with attitude problem should grow up and learn that the real world is far less forgiving, unless you are NFL caliber but even with that most go broke in a few years.

  5. we are well on our way to ‘honest conversations’…we’ll just be stabbing eachother on social media; i hope the best of our youth, but the dialogue is a joke

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