Skip to comments.Slur puts Saban in midst of uproar
Posted on 02/01/2007 11:19:21 AM PST by balch3
Profanity and an off-color comment about Cajuns by Nick Saban that he thought would remain private have become public, causing the former Dolphins coach to issue an apology Wednesday through the University of Alabama. During a 40-minute meeting with three South Florida newspaper reporters, including one from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, on Jan. 4 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., after being named the Crimson Tide's head coach, Saban relayed an anecdote about the reaction to his hiring at Louisiana State University, a Southeastern Conference rival where he coached from 2000 to 2004. Saban told the reporters that "you guys won't be able to print this" before conveying what he said was a telephone call he had received from an unidentified member of LSU's board of trustees. "He was walking down the street yesterday before the Sugar Bowl," Saban said. "He calls me. There was a guy working in the ditch, one of those coon-ass guys that talk funny. I can't talk like them, but he can. Most people in Louisiana can." Continuing his story, Saban then repeated the worker's vulgar comment about him going to Alabama. Saban laughed and then added, "But that's how [LSU fans] are, though. They're passionate, hardcore." Audio of the interview was recently aired on WQAM (560-AM) and subsequently posted on the Internet, which prompted Saban to issue a statement about
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The apology is merited because?
BWHAHAHA! That's the Dolphins radio network flagship. The sports fans in South Florida,and QAM especially are out for Saban's head.
Coon ass = redneck
You have to apologise to rednecks now? A lot of people identify themselves as rednecks.
Saban's an idiot for trusting the media.
But what's vulgar about what he said?
Not acquainted with the term coon-butt--is that the vulgarity mentioned?
Coon ass is kind of like the N-word. It's ok for Cajuns to use it on each other (I'm a transplanted Cajun) but offensive if someone else does.
While I didn't grow up in LA, I was born there and lived there until I was 4. I've jokingly referred to myself as a CoonAss.
Should I send myself to rehab???
Gee. Some folks are sensitive. I didn't think the term C-A was limited to Cajuns. I think hubby's cousin married someone they called C-A, and they were from Michigan. (OK. So they were all transplanted rednecks, but they were not from Louisiana.)
I would not equate use of the word to that of blacks using the "N" word. Coon-ass is not really related to coon.
100% dyed in the wool coonass here. Saban saying coonasses talk funny is merely a statement of fact. Cajun accents are cool most everywhere I have been in this country. I've never taken offence at being called a coonass.
Guess his next trip to Baton Rougue might be worth watching.
I knew a captain whose wife was from Louisiana and he used to call her that. And he eventually made general.
I just don't think anyone would care had it been Fulmer, Meyer, Tuberville or any other SEC coach.
Goodness...next time I'm referred to as a Bammer I'll just have to get my back up and cause a stink! not
They think Saban was talking about blacks, not Cajuns.
Coon ass = redneck
Nope. A coon ass is from South Louisiana; a redneck (aka a stump jumper) is from North Louisiana.
When I was fueling tow boats in St. Paul, I'd guess 85 percent of the skippers and crew were coonasses...
Personally, I don't care, but some people certianly do. When in Rome, ya know?
I'm from south Louisiana and some folks find the term offensive. Most don't care.
Yep, I've been in the business for 35 years.
Besides, the term "redneck" is not used for the entire people group (race); the n-word is. Few would call an American of European descent not from the South a "redneck," much less an immigrant/tourist/etc. from the UK, Germany, and so on. American of African descent from all over the country, and even from other parts of the world, are referred to by some using the n-word. If both are offensive terms, then both shouldn't be used, but one is far more exclusive than the other and is more culturally/ethnically insulting rather than racist per se.
Sounds lke the uproar over the proper use of the word "niggardly" and it's uneducated response to that use.
No need. The Thought Police will be at your door any moment now.
Now Alabama fans will have something to yell at LSU when they play next fall.
I know a couple people that consider themselves coon-ass and it certainly isn't a designation they shy away from. good people, and they do talk funny...and we all have a good time with it.
I also put fuel on American and Canadian Great Lakes steamships in Duluth/Superior when they stopped for iron ore or grain. Almost all the crews on the Canadian boats were French-speakers from eastern Canada.
When did "coon-ass cajun" become a bad thing to say? I have friends in Lake Charles, LA who claim that title with more than just a little bit of pride.
It's still a redneck everywhere outside Louisiana. Ya'll just see it different.
/dripping with more sarcasm
Are they saying that coon ass is a dirty word to Cajuns? Have they ever known any 'Cadians? I doubt it.
Cracker comes from Gaelic craicer and refers to someone who talks too much.
My dad and his brother still go to the pub every Friday to have a craic.
Well, after searching online for a minute or two, I think the C-A stuff is just an excuse to get folks to listen to the "funny" Coach Saban told about what one of the LSU trustees said about Saban taking the Bama job. It was the off the record part that Coach Saban didn't want folks to hear, but he was obviously amused by it enough to tell some reporters "off the record."
I was about to say. That is banted about as high praise in the circles I have been around. About as offensive as saying homeboy in La.
Some people love being called a Redneck.
Rednecks live in N. Louisiana.
Coon Asses live in S. Louisiana.
It also sounds like some overly sensitive bedwetters.
It's still a redneck everywhere outside Louisiana. Ya'll just see it different.Mais yeah, we see it different. I gaaa-raun-tee...
For the LSU fans.
What folks seem to be missing in this incident is the fact that Saban told the story "off the record" to three reporters. The fact is that one of these reporters broke this journalistic ethic by making Saban's remarks public. An audio tape of Saban's off the record remarks were e-mailed to another reporter at a south Florida radio station. According to a radio report I heard a few moments ago, the alleged reporter who made Saban's comments public is Jeff Darlington. He has also, reportedly, issued a statement today saying he is sorry. He ought to be fired.
Saban, according to many public accounts, is a very private person and not given to telling jokes or slightly off color stories. Given the south Florida and Miami Dolphin fan bases' uproar of Saban's leaving the Dolphins to take the reins at the University of Alabama, it appears to me to be sour grapes over Miami being jilted by Saban for another, Alabama in this case. There appears to be a continuing effort to bring Saban down.
For the record, I live in Alabama but am not an Alabama fan.
If I am not mistaken the Louisiana Air National Guard is informally known as the "coon-ass" militia. The first time I heard the term was about 20 years ago. I had a calendar of figher jets, and one photo was of a Louisiana National Guard fighter, maybe an F-4?, with the afterburner going, right around sunset. The caption said something like "One of the Coon-Ass militia steps on the loud pedal" The next time I heard the term was recently, and it explained that it is a Louisiana term for "redneck".
LOL, mai sha! You got dat right!