On Thursday, the Baylor Bears announced the firing of head coach Art Briles.
It was a move that everyone knew had to come in the midst of a sexual assault scandal, but there are some who have spoken up to defend the former coach. One of his biggest supporters, naturally, is his daughter.
Staley Lebby, the daughter of Art Briles and wife of running backs coach Jeff Lebby, took to Facebook to share her thoughts on the news.
Lebby called the firing “outrageous” and “disgusting,” while adding “the truth will be told and he will keep fighting the good fight.”
You can read the full post below:
“I just stop crying long enough to be able to write this but this is all I will say on this outrageous situation – anyone who knows my dad knows he is a man of incredible character & Faith. He is one of the most giving & unselfish people I’ve ever been around.
“He has been through so much in his life and has always been a fighter – he’s done everything the right way & for the right reasons. He has always wanted to take over programs that were suffering, like he once did, to take them to the top, which he has done at multiple places.
“He wanted to be successful for his parents and make them proud. He has worked his ass off in his 40 years of coaching to get where he is today. He has NEVER been fired, his character has NEVER been questioned and he has NEVER been going to do anything unethically.
“He has always been a players coach & wanted nothing but the best for every single one of them. He has only kept coaching as long as he has to build a sturdy foundation for his kids & grandkids.
“I guess a man that has resurrected your program and made you a top 10 program wasn’t worth fighting for or defending. The easy way out was taken. He will get to tell his side of the story to gain his name back – the truth will be told and he will keep fighting the good fight. We aren’t backing down & throwing in the towel. When times are tough the tough will survive. Thanks for all the messages and texts and support – means a lot to us all.
I will never wear a Baylor tshirt ever again and I hate that, but they did the unthinkable to one that matters most.
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