Thomas Davis, the assistant football coach at Mesa Middle School in Roswell, New Mexico, says he was fired for trying to stop high school players from using the N-word. However, the head coach still has his job.
“I did what I’ve been trained to do, corral the incident. If you’re not head in charge you take it to the people in charge and let them handle it and that’s exactly what I did,” Davis told KRQE.
Davis says the head coach, Gabriel Flores, told him it wasn’t his job to reprimand the players, which ended in a scuffle.
Davis told the news station:
What I was taught being a coach for so long is that you gather the situation and you nip it in the bud before it gets any worse. Apparently it didn’t get done that way and that’s when it escalated into something totally different.
According to police reports, Flores called 911 about a fight, presumably the scuffle with Davis.
“The repercussions from my part, I’m no longer a coach,” Davis added.
He recalled confronting players about their use of the N-word: “I’ve addressed it several times with him, I’ve addressed the kids several times.”
According to Flores, the players used that word with each other, not at any opponents.
Davis talked about the incident on Sept. 13 during a Roswell School Board meeting (video below).
“We teach reading, writing, mathematics and stuff like that, but as educators we need to teach social skills also,” Davis told school officials.