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Is Hawaii Coach McMackin’s Tear-Filled (2nd) Apology Good Enough for You?

Hawaii Warriors football coach Greg McMackin — who eloquently described competitors Notre Dame as having performed a “little faggot dance” — found himself apologizing again at a press conference after meeting with his bosses over the incident. And, he’s being punished, so he really must be sorry!

McMackin, in the above tear-filled repeat apology, got slapped with a 30-day suspension without pay, a seven-percent salary cut, and he’ll be forced to create a PSA in cooperation with gay groups. On the bright side? Unlike Isaiah Washington, he didn’t repeat the word “faggot” during his speech. Uh, good job?

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    • sal(the original)

      yeah,i guess…….but i wonder is he sorry only cause he got caught or is he the kinda guy that using this word would inevitably eat his conscious up??

      Aug 3, 2009 at 10:31 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • gregg

      He’s learned his lesson, who needs another n-word in this country anyway.

      Aug 3, 2009 at 10:43 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Woof

      This coming from the team that USED to be called the Rainbow Warriors. They dropped the Rainbow part from their name like 4 years ago…wonder why…hmmmm?

      Aug 3, 2009 at 10:51 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Julian Edward Domain

      We should lobby the school to get the name restated to rainbow warriors. It’s a two fer for the school, Havvai natives will be pleased as well.

      Aug 3, 2009 at 11:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • AngryFag

      Okay, he ‘never intended to be offensive’…Uhmmm. Sorry, but with his repetition of the comment and the giggling of the sports staff…Who the freak is believing that poop?!?

      He was sitting around with his buddies, using negative words and stereotypes to diss Notre Dame. Homos in the crossfire. His basic inherent belief is that ‘homos’ are less than, which is a recurring theme with heterofascists. He INTENDED it to be offensive! He just didn’ realize he’d either get caught, or the level of his offense.

      Here’s the kicker: He started crying when he said he was going to work with the LGBT community on campus! Beautiful! He freakin choked on the term “LGBT”.

      heh heh
      They’re not going to change him.
      He will always use terms like that. And if you say he can’t say ‘f*gg*t’, he’ll find some other term.

      This is a bad man.
      They should can his ass, but surely they won’t because it’s all just media fluff. I’m sure even UH would be happy if all those annoying homos who want crazy things like being treated equal would all just go away.

      Don’t bend over.
      They still hate us.

      Aug 3, 2009 at 11:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Andrew

      He appears sincere. Sad, though, that he says at one point “I have offended the gay and lesbian community…” True, but it will be nice when we reach the point in the future when a heartfelt apology would recognize that his statements were offensive not just to GLBT folks but offensive in general. Maybe this is semantics, but many straight friends and family of mine were offended. As a white person, I find the use of the n-word or the k-word, etc., offensive. Oh well.

      Aug 3, 2009 at 11:48 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dellisonly

      He slipped. He said a word that is inappropriate. He gave a sincere apology and is willingly giving up part of his salary to prove he is indeed sincere. What more do you want from a middle aged man who was raised in the age of hatred? Blood?

      Aug 3, 2009 at 12:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Andrew

      Just to give some context to the money/salary element: Assuming he makes just $1M per year, that means he makes roughly $85000 per month and is “giving up” roughly $5800 of that per month. Like I said, he looks sincere in the video. Still can’t help but wonder if the tears/remorse is less about being offensive and more about almost f-ing up his career and losing his $85K per month. Maybe it’s both. Who knows.

      Aug 3, 2009 at 12:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      To put it in perspective, Federal law discriminated against us. We are deemed less than, by the law, we can hardly be surprised that with the government telling them we are sub-human, that people will actually believe them and say stuff like this. Get rid of DADT and DOMA and you will see much less of this.

      Aug 3, 2009 at 12:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DM73

      No. Fire him.

      Aug 3, 2009 at 12:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rasa

      This man did make a big mistake. On a national (actually in this day and age, probably also on an international, too) stage.

      In his words and in his demeanor at this press conference, he does seem sincere and honestly remorseful for his words and actions.

      He uses the phrase “teachable moment”.

      It’s a good phrase.

      Seems like we are getting a few “teachable moments” lately… (Thanks to good leadership in many areas for recognizing them as such.)

      I don’t like “hate speech” and I certainly don’t like “hate actions”.

      Like many of Queerty’s readers, I’ve been the victim of these things.

      I also am trying to cultivate strength in many kinds of ways– including being able to forgive myself and others when it is appropriate.

      This man is on his way to receiving my forgiveness– especially in light of the “next steps” that he is planning to take to support the LGBT Community.

      As a culture, I think we are making progress…

      We stumble and fall— but we do keep trying to move forward.

      And things are getting better.

      We’ve got quite a ways to go, but things are better than they were when i was a young man.


      Aug 3, 2009 at 12:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Darling Nikki

      Jimmy Swaggart is that you?

      Aug 3, 2009 at 1:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jaroslaw

      I don’t have a frickin’ clue whether his apology is sincere, but I’m thrilled he is forced to make one!

      And I’m not excusing him by any means, but that word is tossed around so much it has probably lost a lot of its meaning – in other words, I don’t think it automatically means someone hates gay folk.

      Although I also agree with previous posters who said if Federal law discriminates against us and we are sub-human, it is no wonder the general public doesn’t mind using these words. Agreed, get rid of DADT & DOMA and we’ll see much less of this sort of thing.

      Aug 3, 2009 at 1:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Whup-ass Master

      Here is a man who sounds sincerely remorseful.

      He’s remorseful for being raked over the coals and jeopardizing his own career. He’s sorry he’s been forced on television for two boilerplate apologies.

      He’s learned his lesson. He’ll never call anyone a faggot, ever again. Not while the cameras are on, anyway.

      Aug 3, 2009 at 2:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dellisonly

      @Andrew: I’m just trying to find the bright side of a decent human being making a mistake.

      Aug 3, 2009 at 2:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • PWPUKA

      Considering he’s paid by the state (and the highest-paid, at that), he would have had to take a 7% pay cut anyway. So, with the suspension without pay, he’s gotten off with essentially no real punishment. And the tears? Puh-lease…

      Aug 3, 2009 at 3:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • youcanthandlethetruth

      If this football coach was a self-identified homosexual who used words like “christer” or “breeder” should he be forced to apologise or resign?

      Or should homosexuals still retain a monopoly on being offended?

      Aug 3, 2009 at 3:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Whup-ass Master

      @youcanthandlethetruth: I think religious whack jobs like you will always find plenty to be offended by (it’s like heroin to you), so relax goober.

      Oh and the day an openly gay man is hired to coach a major sports team, we’ll get back to your impotent “christer” argument.

      Aug 3, 2009 at 4:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • youcanthandlethetruth

      @Whup-ass Master: That was a rather clumsy dodge W-UM.

      But thanks for confirming that homosexuals still want to exercise their monopoly on being offended.

      So much for your desperate cries for “equality” and “tolerance”!

      Aug 3, 2009 at 4:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • The Milkman

      I believe that he understands his blunder and is remorseful, and I accept his apology. I’m also giving him props for really apologizing, instead of a “sorry you’re offended” non-apology.

      I also think that his community service will be the real benefit here. McMackin has a chance to be a huge leader among his colleagues, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing him try to use this squalid incident to help advance the cause of honesty and equality within college athletics.

      And yes, if McMackin were gay and used terms like “breeder” in a press conference, he should be forced to apologize. Better yet, he should man up and apologize on his own and not have to be forced at all. Funny how those who ask questions like that are already resolved to hate us. Can’t handle the truth, indeed. The truth is the very thing that is beginning to set us free.

      Aug 3, 2009 at 4:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • youcanthandlethetruth

      @The Milkman: The truth is most Americans consider homosexuality to be immoral and abnormal, and they don’t want marriage to be redefined to accommodate homosexuals.

      You are a long way from closing the sale.

      Aug 3, 2009 at 4:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • An Other Greek

      The LGBT community knows too well the systemic, societal prejudices that are enforced upon us, all of us.

      Straight, gay, bi, we all grow up in a society that has embraced and spread homophobia.

      This man slipped. Maybe he is a hater, MAYBE HE IS NOT???

      Maybe he is just a product of his generation and of his homophobic society… and not really a hater, just a follower? Or maybe he is a hater that got busted…?

      I do not know. His crying did touch me, maybe I’m a sucker… Either way, I am ready to forgive, especially since I have seen so many others, including LGBT’s “slip” so often into internalized homophobia, racism, classism, etc…


      Aug 3, 2009 at 5:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Whup-ass Master

      @youcanthandlethetruth: Okay, fine. Change the subject, you charmer. Let’s make this about gay marriage now. Fact is, the tide is turning. Opinion polls reflect a sea change in attitudes about it and young voters (even “breeding christers”) support it. It’s coming, goober. And all the teeth-gnashing and bible thumping in the world won’t stop it.

      Funny how a lot of the folks who are rabidly against it seem to spend their time assuming wide stances in mens room stalls…oh, and skulking about on gay sites. Like you.

      Aug 3, 2009 at 5:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • The Milkman

      Yawn. My equal rights do not have the acceptance of “most Americans” as their prerequisite. Non-sequitur.

      But you’re right in that “closing the sale” will require much more work on our part.

      This will end my back and forth with you, as I make it a point not to converse with bigots for more than a couple messages. Have a nice evening.

      Aug 3, 2009 at 5:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • youcanthandlethetruth

      @The Milkman: Thanks for your tolerance and yearning for equality Mr Milkman.

      I’m touched by your condescension.

      Aug 3, 2009 at 5:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • youcanthandlethetruth

      @Whup-ass Master: Opinion polls are all over the map, and in the end they mean nothing.

      Votes in official ballots are what matter and Americans have voted against homosexual marriage every single chance they have had.

      That’s why 30 states including CA have amended their constitutions to protect marriage from violation by homosexuals. Four more states will join them in November. 12 other states use the DOMA to protect marriage.

      Americans are serious about protecting marriage and sending a message to homosexuals.

      You can live a homosexual lifestyle if you choose, but don’t expect us to sacrifice our beliefs just to appease yours.

      Aug 3, 2009 at 5:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dennis

      @youcanthandlethetruth: #25
      That is the faggiest thing I’ve ever heard…I think “you’re catching the gay” (as if you don’t already have it). Too funny!

      I’m touched by your closeted self-hatred and mental projection.

      Aug 3, 2009 at 5:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • youcanthandlethetruth

      @Dennis: Now you’ve said “faggiest” in a public forum you must immediately make a grovelling, tear-filled apology and serve 100 hours of community service

      Aug 3, 2009 at 5:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dennis

      Oh, girlfriend, you just keep getting gayer and gayer and gayer!!! You are nearing faaaabulous!!! Sorry, but you just opened your closet door, and your purse collection fell out.

      I’ll try to have some compassion for you, being as you are, a tortured religion-blinded closeted gay, but you sure make it difficult…you little cunty bitch. (that’s called a “bitch-slap, you’ll learn all about it when your instructional manual arrives.)

      Seriuosly, find a gay-supportive therapist and/or a coming out group, and stop projecting all your inner mental garbage on the poor queerty queers.


      Aug 3, 2009 at 5:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TANK

      It’s too late, dennis. He’s already spoiled the earth with his progeny, according to him. He’s soiled the human race with his offering, i.e., he’s got keeids.

      Aug 3, 2009 at 5:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SM

      No one on this site has any right to be mad at that man for saying anything if you are not speaking out against LGBT people calling others names. LGBT top the charts at creativity in slurring others.




      The famous “n” word


      ….I should make a list.

      Aug 3, 2009 at 6:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TANK


      That’ll do pig that’ll do

      Aug 3, 2009 at 6:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SM


      You should get back to talking to yourself and drinking~

      Aug 3, 2009 at 6:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • InExile

      @SM: After years of being called every name it the book people begin to fight back. The fact is gays are still called a series of defamatory names and it is considered acceptable, so how dare you? When was the last time you were referred to as a pedophile in a DOMA brief?

      Aug 3, 2009 at 6:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SM


      Cool. FIRE every LGBT that slurs others. You either stop it for EVERYONE or stop complaining.

      You don’t get a pass.

      Try entering the adult world.

      Aug 3, 2009 at 6:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • InExile

      @SM: I do not call others any of the names you list. I an a Gentleman. I just use the facts, no name calling.

      Aug 3, 2009 at 6:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SM


      You are just an alter ego on a blog~

      Aug 3, 2009 at 6:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TANK


      I said that’ll do, piglet. THAT’LL DO!

      Aug 3, 2009 at 6:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SM


      Hypocrits are a joke.

      I’m glad your Mommy let you watch the movie Babe 142,343,232 times. You seem to like it.

      Aug 3, 2009 at 6:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • youcanthandlethetruth

      @Dennis: Nice parody Dennis. I’m sure they love you down at the Gloryhole club.

      Thanks for proving – yet again – that homosexuals demand tolerance but are intolerant of anyone who holds different views.

      No wonder you are failing to make your case with the American people.

      Aug 3, 2009 at 6:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TANK


      You even know the terminology. You’re a truckstop tramp.

      Aug 3, 2009 at 6:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TANK


      That’s right, fatass. LA LA LA LA LA LA

      Aug 3, 2009 at 6:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SM


      You are weak. You bash religion over and over and you can never man up and present the good that comes from religion. How many soup kitchens and homeless will you open?

      You are just as extreme as the religious fanatics. Its the fanatics in all PLACES that are messed up. Even your psycho head.

      You bitched ALL DAY SUNDAY ONLINE….you could have been out walking door to door canvassing for Equality like others are doing. You are a complete phoney, bullshit, drunk, that is full of rage.

      Aug 3, 2009 at 6:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TANK


      Those “good things” didn’t come from religion anymore than people pick and choose which biblical verses to believe come from the bible. There’s a higher standard people are appealing to in making those decisions, douche. It’s called ethics, and it has nothing to do with religion.

      Aug 3, 2009 at 6:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SM


      You are a bullshit phoney.

      Aug 3, 2009 at 7:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TANK


      And you were here all sunday bitching about how ungrateful gay people are for your existence and for your lord and savior obama for all the nothing he’s done for us. Go stuff another cupcake, tubbers. Now your attempts at painting me as an alcoholic are equally pathetic and grounded in this fairytale of message management.

      Aug 3, 2009 at 7:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SM


      And I told EQCA to stop sending me e-mails way back in December and asking for donations until they got their act together. All my straight friends new you were going to lose last summer based on your TV ads alone and no one in your community CARED! Screw the straight people who might see you all are headed to DISASTER. The most politically incorrect community for fun cries foul at everyone else. OK!

      My rights are not on the line. lets see what YOU do. I’m betting it wont be out talking to people.

      You are a PHONEY.

      Aug 3, 2009 at 7:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rasa


      I returned to see what kind of thoughtful conversation may have continued over the last few hours…

      Aug 3, 2009 at 7:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • InExile

      @SM: You see everything through your O colored glasses. Get a grip! It is not our fault we voted for someone that doesn’t think we are a priority.

      Aug 3, 2009 at 7:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SM


      Nope. I’m just an adult and I don’t have to run around blaming everyone else when I can’t call out my own community for their issues and laziness.

      Aug 3, 2009 at 7:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SM


      Oh….you might be a better example to “breeders” about not using LGBT slurs if you are not hanging out on a blog called “QUEERty”

      Aug 3, 2009 at 7:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Whup-ass Master

      @youcanthandlethetruth: The “different views” you speak of deny not only the rights but the very existence of homos.

      We do not deny your right to be a closed minded yahoo, to spew your hateful rhetoric, to cherry pick choice passages from the bible and believe in an unlikely God-Fairy in the sky that has promised you paradise as reward for being hateful.

      Not once has any rapture-righter provided any useful, tangible evidence as to how legalized gay marriage would infringe on your rights. Instead, you resort to fear-baiting, bible-thumping and boilerplate rhetoric. You are tired and stale.


      Aug 3, 2009 at 7:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • David in Houston

      The gay community needs to be able to accept sincere apologies. This off-with-your-head mentality makes us all look inflexible and hypersensitive.

      Aug 4, 2009 at 12:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • schlukitz


      Sorry, but you just opened your closet door, and your purse collection fell out.

      No worn, smelly jockstraps that he made off with from open school lockers during gym classes?

      Aug 4, 2009 at 1:31 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • schlukitz


      Wrong! We demand equality, not tolerance.

      Tolerance is for losers. Like you.

      Aug 4, 2009 at 1:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • schlukitz


      ….I should make a list.

      But you did, Blanche. You did.

      Now, make a list of the names we of the LGBT community have been called by just about everybody under the sun, including those you provided us with in your list.

      Glass. Stone. House.

      When you bigots and homophobes lay down your arms, we will be all too happy to lay down ours.

      So far, I don’t see any olive branches being extended.

      Aug 4, 2009 at 1:49 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rasa

      @David in Houston: thank you

      Aug 4, 2009 at 1:53 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SM


      The fact you call me a “homophobe” and every other name constantly only proves how whacked out and over emotional you are. I usually spend my CHRISTistmas Eves in the Castro Theatre watching the SFGMC perform and you call me a homophobe?

      Sounds like a rational person to me.

      Aug 4, 2009 at 1:54 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hyhybt

      I’m fine with the apology… but in 2009 which is really worse: saying something like that deliberately to offend, or saying the same thing not even realizing that it’s offensive?

      Aug 4, 2009 at 2:16 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TikiHead

      @SM: “I usually spend my CHRISTistmas Eves in the Castro Theatre watching the SFGMC perform and you call me a homophobe?”

      On behalf of the Gay Agenda®, please vacate our theater, and never besmirch our seats with your ass again. Thanks.

      Aug 4, 2009 at 2:33 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TANK

      You know, what most of you missed was that coach mcmackin was wearing a “no fatties” t-shirt during the press conference.

      Aug 4, 2009 at 2:55 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • schlukitz


      Your last line was hysterical.

      I hate it when seats get besmirched.

      ROTF and LMAO

      Aug 4, 2009 at 3:04 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Milton

      I think the man is sincere. Just sorry this happened to begin with.

      And @Tank: hilarious

      Aug 4, 2009 at 4:11 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • youcanthandlethetruth

      @schlukitz: Homosexuals already have equality and in many legal situations they get special treatment as a “protected class’.

      The plain truth is that a homosexual couple is NOT equal to a heterosexual couple when it comes to an ability to procreate.

      You may want to delude yourselves otherwise but most normal people are not prepared to facilitate your delusion.

      Aug 4, 2009 at 5:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Vancouverite

      @youcanthandlethetruth: You certainly do seem to spend a lot of time at this site for a supposed heterosexual. Your lame argument style and complete lack of logic don’t really seem to be convincing anyone; in fact, you seem to invite invective with a lot of your word choices. I’m forced to conclude that you’re a masochist who gets off on being insulted by other men – that that’s how you get your rocks off.
      That in mind, I’d like to wish you a pleasant afternoon and a good evening. Enjoy today’s photo features too, btw.

      Aug 4, 2009 at 8:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • youcanthandlethetruth

      @Vancouverite: You should be grateful I take the time to give you sad homosexuals a different point of view from the real world.

      Aug 5, 2009 at 2:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jaroslaw

      Thank you so much, YCHTT for taking the time for trying to enlighten us.

      However, as a person who supposes he is very intelligent, you would know that no matter how much intelligence a person has, one can still be wrong and NO one, not even Einstein said he knew so much that there was nothing left to learn. I admit to not having researched this, but it would shocking indeed to find a genius who never changed his mind.

      None of your posts here indicate even the slightest understanding of opposing points of view, which does indicate agreement, but would in fact indicate critical, logical thinking which you are incapable of.

      So you must NOT be the intelligent being that you suppose.

      Aug 5, 2009 at 2:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jaroslaw

      sorry, understanding opposing points of view DOES NOT indicate one agreement………

      Aug 5, 2009 at 2:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • youcanthandlethetruth

      @Jaroslaw: I don’t expect you to agree with me but at least you should be exposed to an alternative point of view.

      After all the homosexuals are always demanding tolerance so shouldn’t they be prepared to show it?

      Aug 5, 2009 at 3:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jaroslaw

      #69 Thank you for continuing to show your stupidity. You keep repeating the same things. I don’t:

      We Gay people don’t need an alternate point of view: We were raised by straight people to think we were straight. (the vast majority of us anyway).

      Aug 5, 2009 at 3:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • schlukitz


      I usually spend my CHRISTistmas Eves in the Castro Theatre watching the SFGMC perform

      Do you do that with a lorgnette or a pince-nez?

      Aug 5, 2009 at 3:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SM


      If it makes you feel better, you can write another 131,934,324 comments trying to insult me. You are so full of hatred and issues you probably won’t be able to help it.

      I’m actually chatting with a friend who has spoken before Congress on ENDA right now and its a million times more inspiring than your crap.

      Have a Beautiful day~

      Aug 5, 2009 at 3:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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