Skip to comments.Penn State Coach Fired for being Homophobic? (Rene Portland - 2008)
Posted on 11/11/2011 12:58:51 PM PST by Loud Mime
Were Penn State coaches worried about outing a homosexual on their staff? One coach was not and is no longer at the University. Rene Portland, the Women's Basketball Coach for over twenty years, did not tolerate homosexuals on her team.
The next two excerpts and links will give you enough information to decide for yourself.
As anybody who follows Penn State knows, Portland doesn't tolerate lesbians in her program. It's a selling point in her recruiting. But last year, Portland was sued by a former player, Jennifer Harris, who alleged that Portland harassed her and eventually told her to find another place to play -- simply because Portland believed Harris was a lesbian. Harris says she isn't gay, but that's hardly the point: Portland thought she was. So she sought first to alienate Harris from her teammates, and then to dismiss her.
Not long ago, such discriminatory behavior was tolerated. But while other coaches have kept up with the times, Portland remains mired in the past -- just like those coaches who refused to recruit black players in the 1950s. History has shown those men to be not only morally wrong, but unpragmatic. Why wouldn't you want to field the best players available? Why not put your program in the best position to win?
Its like a cruel joke when former Penn State womens basketball coach Rene Portland says this 18 minutes into the new documentary, Training Rules. The film chronicles Portlands reign of terror of almost 30 years at Penn State and documenter her routine of threatening her players, creating a deeply homophobic environment on the team and systematically kicking women off her team for being lesbians or even for being a suspected lesbian. In 2005, Portland removed standout player Jennifer Harris from the team and Harris believed it was because Portland suspected she was gay. Harris filed a lawsuit with the National Center for Lesbian Rights; That prompted former Penn State players to come out of the woodwork corroborating Harris story. And in that lies the crux of Training Rules.
Fifty-two weeks free of national scrutiny.
More than 365 days since rainbow flags and banners reading "Rene's still here, why isn't Jen?" and "Personal foul, Rene Portland!" dotted the arena.
Nearly a year after Rene Portland's controversial resignation on March 23 amid allegations of discrimination, a new atmosphere has surrounded the Penn State women's basketball team this season, and it's largely because of one woman: Coquese Washington.
The first-year head coach has brought new life and enthusiasm to the program and has taken heat off the university following two years of discrimination lawsuits.
Equal rights groups across the country have praised Penn State for hiring Washington, said Helen Carroll, sports project director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR).
Wait a minute......it’s getting clearer.....what’s the hidden agenda?
SOME? How about all knowing about it, but only SOME were the ones who actively had to move these predator priests to new parishes to prey on fresh victims. ALL the bishops knew about it and did NOTHING.
I know you’ll blame this all on homosexual priests. And that’s great and all. Whatever gets you to sleep at night. But the failings of the Catholic Church from Bishops level on up is reprehensible. Defend it all you like. They are as guilty as JoePa and the scum at Penn State.
They no longer have a hidden agenda. They want to show it with pride, even to the school children.
In the early 80s, the president of a university cancelled the remainder of the softball season because if the infighting amongst straight and lesbian players.
In the late 80s, the volleyball coach of a top
10 team resigned 1/3 of the way through the season. She was well known she was a lesbian when she was a high school coach.
There was another situation where if a VB player was not a lesbian, that girl would not be playing much or be on the travel team. That coach was gone by the Sunday night of parents weekend when a player’s dad told the school president he would go to the media if the coach still had her job on Monday morning.
The pervert Penn State President and his minions created a culture in which no kind of sex was wrong, anything goes. He was trying to create the most “Gay-friendly” college campus in America
Why is anyone surpised that this kind of activity would be going, AND COVERED UP, by the people running Pedo State?
Even better, it turns out that that Penn State’s ‘Fired’ Pres Spanier is STILL ON THE PAYROLL as a tenured Prof.
So he wasn’t ‘Fired’ fired.
You have a point there.
It certainly is dominated by the more manly women isn’t it?
Out the queer, report his misdeeds and be branded a homophobe and probably get fired or forced to resign? I doubt if that would have happened to Paterno, but the junior staff had cause to worry.
They’re in a men’s sport; go figure
You never know - - Portland was an institution unto herself.
I wonder why the homosexual community isn’t backing the perv?