Mike Krzyzewski went out of his way to personally contact and praise “recently came out” Chris Burns – “gay” Asst Men’s BB Coach at Bryant University. Those who relish enveloping Coach K in endless layers of conspiracies and sinister plots that even a Machiavelli would find praise-worthy will surely sink their pointy-teeth deep into this one.
“Dean Disciples” comprise far and away the largest % of K-Konspiracy afficianados so his publicly supporting “a homosexual” will surely discombobulate them. This move by the sinister Basketball Icon is soooo “Dean-ish”.
Their silence will likely be the strategy…. being sure NOT to give “Rosemary’s Other Baby” the slightest “credit” for this most Politically-Correct gesture.
Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski applauds first openly gay hoops coach Chris Burns
Chris Burns had nine missed calls last week from a number in Durham, N.C. “Who the hell could this be?” wondered the assistant men’s basketball coach at Bryant University.
Then he listened to a voicemail attached to one of the calls — and the caller was Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, asking Burns to call him back. Annoyance turned into astonishment.
Burns eventually connected with Coach K, the five-time NCAA champion and Olympic gold medal-winning coach, and almost immediately Burns heard four words that will stick with him forever.
I’m proud of you.
Krzyzewski’s call came after the coach was interviewed by USA TODAY Sports for the exclusive story in which Burns came out as the first openly gay coach in Division I men’s basketball. Bryant faces defending national champion Duke in next month’s season opener.
“It takes a lot of courage to do what he’s doing and I surely applaud him for it,” Krzyzewski told USA TODAY Sports. “My message to him is, first off, congratulations, I’m very proud of you. Next, please know you’ll be accepted by your brothers in the sport of men’s basketball. You’re included now in a very strong way. I think this will be something coaches in our sport will love.”
One of Burns’ biggest worries about coming out has been how it could affect his chances of becoming a Division I head coach. Krzyzewski was quick to quell that concern.
“I don’t think it will hinder him from advancing in this sport,” Krzyzewski said. “In fact, I think (coming out) will help. Because I think to advance, you need to be yourself and be who you are. That’s just being honest. People — players and coaches — they embrace honesty. He’s an amazing example for others to be honest with themselves. He’ll be much more successful because he’ll be himself and not trying to impersonate anyone else.”
Krzyzewski said he’d support a gay player on his team or a gay coach on his staff. “This is a part of life that should be celebrated,” he said. “I’m glad this is happening. This is part of the solution.
“Sports have been helpful in so many ways in our society. In basketball, one of the best things our sport does is bring different races together. We play in shorts, people see their faces and they can see the intimacy and love for one another. With this, the sport of basketball forges another opportunity for a part of life to be embraced by everyone. It’s been difficult to show that with this issue. It hasn’t been as comfortable for people to be who they truly are.”
Krzyzewski said he expects a ripple effect in which closeted coaches will feel they can go public as well. “For him to be the first one to make that step, it’s pretty amazing,” Krzyzewski said. “In some respects, you wonder why this is the first.”
“This is about being a good human being,” Krzyzewski said. “We should embrace this. It’s a positive part of our society.”
And he offered this benediction to closeted coaches around the nation, in all sports.
“We don’t just accept you,” he said. “We embrace you and we love you.”