Kennedy disparaged blacks and the LGBTQ community in a series of Facebook posts last week relating to debates about politics and racial injustice in the wake of the killing of
Kennedy, who moved to
Turner and the
Kennedy, 75, served on
He coached the Drifters in basketball, football, track and field and served as the athletic director for 39 years before he retired in 2008.
When Kennedy retired, one of his former black players,
However, another of Kennedy's former students told him in a recent Facebook debate that he no longer talks like the coach many were once fond of. After Kennedy and the
"In our black community, Buckwheat, to us, it's racial," said
Kennedy didn't stop there.
He called a black woman who disagreed with him on a political issue a "Dale City Dog." When one of his friends asked the woman if she was watching the old movie "Gone With the Wind," Kennedy responded she was building a statue of Aunt Jemima, the black character who has appeared on pancake and syrup products since 1889. Quaker Oats announced this week that it would no longer use the Aunt Jemima name or image.
Kennedy also responded to a post about
That comment and others startled Parker, whose twin brother Johnathan is a former coach and current teacher at
"I was like, nah, that can't happen," Parker said. "That can't go like that. That's when I said I'm not going to pay a nickel or dime to go on that football field as long as his name is on there."
Kennedy also used Facebook to share a link to a story about a black sheriff saying if black lives mattered they'd protest at abortion clinics and reiterated that stance in later posts.
He said the
Kennedy, who was also a fixture on the
He described himself as a born-again Christian and "old-school conservative," but added he's been "deeply depressed" lately as he's battled health issues.
Kennedy said he supports police reform and he hopes
He said this incident stemmed from a "weak moment," where he allowed Satan to infiltrate his heart and mind.
"I had, in my estimation, a moral meltdown," Kennedy said. "I love all people and I think if somebody would check the 1,500 or so students or athletes that I've been involved with, most of them, if not all, would have that sentiment. ... I offer my apology to anybody that was offended. All I can do is ask for their forgiveness. But even more importantly, I pray that division will not invade
Former Drifters basketball and baseball coach
"You're playing Russian Roulette when you get on social media and Wayne was actually playing Russian Roulette," Swope said. "It just happened that one of the chambers fired when it came around to him. I can't express my sadness enough that this has taken place."
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