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Monday’s Mashup: UMass suspends head football coach for ‘rape’ analogy

Lucy Burdge
October 01, 2018 - 7:41 am

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-- UMass announced Sunday it has suspended head football coach Mark Whipple for one week without pay after he used the word “rape” in a postgame rant about officiating.

In a statement tweeted out the by school, athletic director Ryan Bamford said, "On behalf of our department, I deeply apologize for the comments made by head coach Mark Whipple on Saturday after our game at Ohio. His reference to rape was highly inappropriate, insensitive and inexcusable under any circumstance."

While describing a non-penalty call during a 58-42 loss to Miami of Ohio on Saturday, Whipple said, "We had a chance there with 16 down and they rape us, and he picks up the flag.”

Defensive coordinator Ed Pinkham will serve as interim head coach for the team’s game against South Florida on Saturday.

"I am deeply sorry for the word I used on Saturday to describe the play in our game," Whipple said in the statement. "It is unacceptable to make use of the word 'rape' in the way I did and I am very sorry for doing so. It represents a lack of responsibility on my part as a leader of the program and a member of this university's community, and I am disappointed with myself that I made this comparison when commenting after our game."

-- David Wright played his final game with the Mets on Saturday and was sent into retirement with a standing ovation from the sellout crowd at Citi Field.

He ended his career on a foul out to first base, caught by Marlins first baseman Peter O’Brien who quickly became a villain in Queens for not dropping it and giving the beloved Mets captain another chance at the plate.

O’Brien was subsequently booed every time he came up to bat and the booing continued for the entirety of each at bat.

O’Brien said after the game he “definitely” understands the reaction from the fans.

“There is a lot of foul ground over there,’’ he said. “I thought I was closer to the stands than I was, so I kinda jumped for it a little bit … I’m just playing the game.”

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