A controversial email sent to a Colorado high school athlete by a Texas university coach claims the school doesn’t recruit Colorado athletes because of issues with drug testing.
According to the Houston Chronicle, the email was sent to a college athlete at Cherokee Trail High School by Texas Wesleyan University baseball coach Mike Jeffcoat.
In the email, Jeffcoat claims Texas Wesleyan, a private university in Fort Worth, Texas, no longer recruits athletes from the state of Colorado due to drug problems.
“Thanks for the interest in our program. Unfortunately, we are not recruiting players from the state of Colorado,” Jeffcoat wrote in the email. “In the past, players have had trouble passing our drug test. We have made a decision to not take a chance on Student-athletes from your state. You can thank your liberal politicians. Best of Luck wherever you decide to play.”
The university said it was aware of the email and that it was not a reflection of the school. They released a statement on Wednesday that said in part:
“We are aware of the email sent by our baseball coach, and the comments he made are in no way a reflection of Texas Wesleyan University, its values, or its recruiting practices.
This is a personnel matter and it is currently under investigation. It is our University policy to not discuss personnel matters, but we want to reiterate that this email does not reflect our values and we not condone discrimination. This includes discrimination on the basis of race, color, origin, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, disability or sexuality; or the political legislation of one’s home state.”