After his Ohio Bobcats blew a 19-point lead to Tulsa on Friday afternoon, head coach Saul Phillips took to the airwaves to make a pretty controversial remark.
“Disappointing, disappointing. They have nine seniors, we got one. When those guys are selling car insurance, we’ll be winning championships, so. When their guys are selling car insurance, we’ll be winning championships.”
After the — naturally expected — backlash that stemmed from the comments, Phillips had to go on public record to address the statement he made. He seemingly tried to backtrack on his comments, and stated that he had “respect” for the team he lost 90-88 to.
“To clarify, I was just trying to underscore that their guys are seniors and ours are underclassmen, and I also stated that they are clearly an at-large team if they don’t win their conference. I certainly didn’t mean to imply that their guys won’t have pro careers, but I was just merely trying to underscore that they have a senior-laden team, which I have all the respect in the world for.”
It’s hard to believe that Phillips respects Tulsa. If someone truly had respect for a program, he wouldn’t insult the kids by saying that they are set for an insurance salesmen job after college. It just comes across as nothing more than a backtrack statement to try and save face.
Unfortunately for him, it’s hard to believe anyone will simply let this one slide.
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