St. Augustine football coach fired after viral racist locker room chant video | | WVLA


NEW ORLEANS, La (WDSU) —After a video of a locker room chant went viral at St. Augustine, the school has announced that it has terminated their head football coach.Advertisement

The viral video showed players in the lock room before they played Brother Martin High School on Friday.

The coach, Nathaniel Jones, was not in the video; however, another coach led the team in a chant that included a racial slur.

The superintendent announced Jones’ termination and named a replacement coach in a statement:

“St. Augustine High School announced today that assistant football coach Kenneth Dorsey Jr. has been named interim head football coach for the remainder of the 2019 football season. He replaces Nathaniel Jones who will no longer coach at the school.

“Following a review of our football program, we have decided to go in a new direction,” said Dr. Kenneth St. Charles, president and CEO of St. Augustine High School. “We thank Coach Jones for his contributions and service to St. Augustine and our football team. We are confident that Coach Dorsey and the remaining coaches on staff are committed to serving the scholar-athletes in our football program through this period of transition.

“Dorsey is in his fifth overall season on the St. Augustine coaching staff. Prior to his newly appointed role as interim head coach, Dorsey served as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator.”

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to be a mentor to our team in this new role,” Coach Dorsey said. “I have confidence that I will validate the trust that Dr. St. Charles and Principal DeBose have placed in me. The staff and I will work to make our students, alumni and fans across the country proud of St. Augustine and Purple Knight football.”

“A native of New Orleans, Dorsey attended John Curtis Christian High School and later graduated from Homewood High School in Alabama. He began his college football career on a full athletic scholarship at the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 2007, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology.”

The school also issued this statement regarding the chant:

“On the evening of October 4, 2019, the St. Augustine High School football team played Brother Martin High School. This game sanctioned by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association was subject to its rules and regulations, which mandate respect for all participants.

“While in the locker room, just before the St. Augustine football team entered the field, a coach lead the team in a chant which included a racial slur. Student-athletes were also encouraged to repeat the offensive and racist term. The chant came to the attention of school administrators via a recording of the incident posted on social media.

“We are shocked and embarrassed that such blatantly offensive language would be used at any school event and directed toward our student-athletes and opponents. The words and actions of the coach and the players following his lead do not represent the values that St. Augustine has embodied for more than six decades.

“The behavior displayed in the video is indefensible and runs counter to our core values and our commitment to serving young men and their families. Not only are these actions hurtful to our community, but they also undermine the work of our founders, the Josephites, who are standard-bearers for equality and civil rights. It is their legacy that includes athletics as part of our educational mission. We expect our coaches and students to uphold our views on equality, respect and dignity and reflect these values during athletic competition.

“In response to the incident, we are conducting a thorough investigation with our administration, coaching staff, and others who were present to supervise the game. We take this behavior very seriously and will use the results of the investigation to determine further actions.

“I have asked our leadership team to use this incident to take action within our school community to ensure that our words and actions meet the high standards set by the Josephites. We believe every person, whether a student, coach, faculty, family member, alumnus, or guest, should feel welcome and worthy of respect,” Kenneth A. St. Charles, Ph.D. President and CEO.”

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