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).
Maybe yes and maybe no, but regardless it's on its way. Allowing for "gay rights" (an oxymoron) starts down a slippery slope that includes child abuse among many other horribles and ends in a smoldering ash heap of God's judgement.
“Allowing for “gay rights” (an oxymoron) starts down a slippery slope that includes child abuse among many other horribles and ends in a smoldering ash heap of God’s judgement.”
You’re right; the “media” still won’t admit that the Church scandal was (for the most part) a gay scandal. The Church’s response has been to simply ban them from seminaries and hope for the best while those in the system attrite out. If Paterno was a bishop they’d be calling for his imprisonment.
You either have a mess with pedophiles and homosexuals or you get rid of them.
There are no two ways.
When you have lesbians on the team, you will end up with a team of lesbians. The other women do not wish to be eyed and fondled in the shower, they will leave.
Law suits will end up being won by the lesbians to the teams detriment.
NOOOOOO, the Catholic Church scandal was a coverup scandal. Had the church took steps to stop/prevent abuse when the problem was 1st realized, we wouldn’t be dealing with what we are today. Similar to JoePa and the others. Had they done what was morally required at the time, most of the victims would have never been violated by a predator. But instead, like the catholic church, Penn State allowed a predator to continue attacking little boys, all to save face.
You can’t blame either of these on the media, or anything other than thinking of ones self over the welfare of children.
Add that to the fact that Jerry Sandusky took a boy with him to the Alamo Bowl game with him in 1999 (the last game Sandusky coached), and San Antonio police are investigating charges than Sandusky molested the boy there . . .
And that Sandusky was at the Dick's Sporting Goods store on Thursday in Penn State clothing . . . (I'm not making either of those things up)
I marvel that this stuff isn't coming from a scriptwriter.
I don’t think scriptwriters have the creativity to address non-fiction; they will stick to movies and the news.
Jennifer Harris was never a “stand-out player” for the Lady Lions. The mere fact that the author would describe her as such indicates that they were attempting to create a false image of the women’s basketball program under Portland at PSU.
You are partially correct - indeed, some Bishops did willfully ignore the abuse or cover it up because of fear of scandal. And that is what secular anti-Catholics want to focus on
BUT - the key question remains - WHY did (male) pedophilia become a problem, beginning in the 1970's?????
2003-2004 Penn State (NCAA Div I): 10.4 ppg 2.5 rpg 1.4 apg 1.3 SPG
Not “stand-out”. Another interpretation on the Portland-Harris dispute is that the coach demanded more of Harris than Harris could deliver. Harris was settling scores using the gay/lesbian friendly university hierarchy.
good catch Mr Perry
America is reaching an inflection point where apathetic voters, who up until now have went along with the sodomite agenda marketing message that sodomy has no effect on anyone other than consenting adult sodomites, are being confronted by the reality of that lie.
The inflection point is a logical “fork in the road”, where political pressure will either delegitimize sodomy or continue down the dark road to all-out perversion becoming the norm throughout society. The “fork in the road” will give a few years during which the right choice can be made.
Truth is stranger than fiction.
Because fiction has to make sense!
we report, you decide.
“You cant blame either of these on the media, or anything other than thinking of ones self over the welfare of children.”
I’m not blaming either on the media; I wish they’d treat Paterno like a bishop. The Church scandal was a gay scandal, in which men in positions of authority were often compromised themselves by the “Lavender Mafia”. I think some people high in the administration, as well as ALL perps, should face prison. For another side of it, read Cardinal Law’s deposition, in which he very handily proves that some Boston offenders had doctor’s notes (from psychiatrists) attesting that they could return to ministry. The Church at the time felt the same way the government did, that this was a treatable condition; now we all know better, and keep the freaks in prison after their terms are served (I think it is called “civilly committed”) because they will attack again.
Church leaders brought about the scandal; the media reported very selectively about the larger issues involved, using it as a soapbox to call for female clergy (will NEVER happen - that was Christ’s call) and liberalization of all moral positions, while completely ignoring the sex abuse in public school systems (especially New York City’s).
Irony is ironic.
There could be a good reason that is not "bigotry." I have personally witnessed situations where homosexual women have "taken over" in certain areas of employment.
These women would harrass and intimidate straight women (which is fine, if you're a lesbian doing the harrassing). Straight women understandably felt so unwelcome that they would transfer out.
The politically correct lesson? "Discrimination" is evil, but reverse discrimination is ok.
‘click to look inside’
no thank you!
I’ve always thought the WNBA should be renamed the LNBA.