Saturday, January 18, 2014

Video: Geno Auriemma goes on expletive-laced rant about religion in sports

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?


  1. Ray from New JerseyJanuary 19, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    I think it is refreshing. There is just too much "political correctness" in this country. Most of the "political correct" people are hypocrites. It is about time someone prominent spoke the truth out loud. GO GINO!!!!!

  2. Big Tuna from the CapeJanuary 31, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Geno is, always has been, and always will be the classiest act in major college sports. And as far as I know, we still have freedom of speech in this country. It's been and still being redefined daily, but it's in the Constitution. Look it up!

  3. I rarely agree with Mr. Auriemma about anything and usually think he is a pompous ass most of the time. I went to ND and am ecstatic when the girls regularly beat his teams the last few years. (Watch the pain and frustration on his face when ND wins).

    HOWEVER, this time he is absolutely right. Every since I was a teenager, when some athlete would thank God for allowing him or his team to win I always wondered if that meant that God didn't want his opponents to win and wondered what they could have done to anger God so. If ND beats UConn does it mean God is pro-Catholic?

    Don't you think God has better things to do than engineer a Seattle victory in the SB?

  4. Its not surprising. He was raised a catholic and that is their attitude. They donot need the bible.