Just as many have argued the place of religion with government throughout history, so have folks with religion as it comes with sports. Namely, Geno Auriemma, the famed coach of the Connecticut Huskies women's basketball program, who went on an expletive-filled rant Friday when asked about his opinion of religion in sports.
Here is a quick rundown of his response, courtesy of The Courant.
“I don’t give a [expletive] about religion when it comes to sports,” Auriemma said. “In fact, I think it’s stupid [to involve it]. I think everyone that goes on national television, and is asked why do you win, says ‘I want to thank God [for giving them the strength to perform].’ Really? Like God gives a [expletive] that you made 18 jump shots. I have always had a problem with that [thinking]. I have a problem with people showing their religion in public. I have a real problem with that. And I don’t care what religion it is.
“But ever since I left high school, and ever since I have been a head coach, I don’t pay any mind to that stuff. We don’t pray in the locker room. We don’t pray in the hotel room, pregame or after a game. If you asked me the religion of my players, I would say I have no idea. I really don’t care. It’s none of my business. And I have tried to keep it that way.
“And it’s funny. When I was in high school, we prayed before every game. And we prayed after every game. That’s part of the school you are at, part the religious experience of going to a Catholic school. I get that. I did that. I was all in favor of it. And, if I coached at a Catholic high school right now, I’d be doing the same thing.
As you can see, Auriemma didn't hold back the least bit when delivering this uncensored response. In some respect, his response is quite refreshing in modern day times where sugar-coating opinions have become the norm. On the other hand, his comments are likely to be met by at least a few with strong opposition.
What do you think about Auriemma's comments?