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Hawaii ‘Faggot Dance’ Coach Greg McCackin ‘Is Moving Ahead.’ Should We Let Him?

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Apparently being handed a 30-day suspension doesn’t mean Hawaii Warriors football coach Greg McMackin is disappearing. In fact, the “faggot dance” dance commentator is out there running his mouth to the press.

After apologizing for the second time and facing the suspension and a pay cut (he’ll now earn just $1,023,000 per year), McMackin isn’t completely abandoning the job. He showed up for the Honolulu Advertiser‘s online show The Warrior Beat (pictured) — and acknowledged what went down: “Basically, I made a mistake,” he said, notng that he’s working “to make up for that and moving straight ahead to football. So I’m not really going to talk about that anymore. I got a little choked up at the press conference because every player was there to walk me into the room and show me that they had my back. And you know, some people might have thought that was weird, but I got emotional. But I love my players and it was really an emotional (time).”

But attendees weren’t done with him.

At the end of the show, one reader (Mitch Kahle) commented: “For Coach McMackin: As a person with many gay, lesbian, and transgender friends, I was deeply offended by your use of a hurtful slur, and I immediately wrote letters of complaint to the University. Your public apology was greatly appreciated and obviously sincere. Thank you.”

In response, McMackin said on the show: “You know, thank you. I will say that … cause I’m not going talk about this anymore. There’s been enough talked about, nationally they want to talk about it, but in Hawai’i, and across the country, I have e-mails, I have thousands of positive e-mails … because I’m very sincere. I did not mean to do that. I hurt people. I want to do things, I want to make some PSAs and work with the gay, lesbian, community on our campus. I just … like my wife says, she never heard me use that word in 40 years of marriage. And the thing is, I don’t know how it happened. I made a mistake. Like I said, I’m moving ahead and all I care now about is this football team. And quite honestly, doing the right things for people. I’ve always taught to treat people with respect and dignity and I appreciate what that person said and what people … I’ve received about 20-30 e-mails and letters from people from the gay community that completely understand that I wasn’t meaning anything about their community. I was trying to be funny about how our haka was stronger than Notre Dame and I wasn’t really trying to knock Notre Dame. They didn’t put all the good things I said about Notre Dame in. The thing is, I made a mistake and I feel really bad about it. I’ve expressed that and I’m completely dedicated to my football team and I really appreciate that comment.”

Is it time to leave this guy alone? Accept his apology? Move on? Maybe. He’s been on an apology tour since the incident. He’s been punished where it hurts: the wallet. But we can’t help but thinking: If this man had said Notre Dame was performing a “little n****r dance,” would he still have a job?