University of Hawaii coach Greg McMackin suspended

University of Hawaii coach Greg McMackin suspended

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By Zahid Arab - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - In life, there are consequences for our actions. That's a lesson University of Hawaii Head Football Coach Greg McMackin learned Friday, regarding his recent use of a homosexual slur. And McMackin's mistake will definitely cost him.

The university has decided the coach will be suspended without pay for 30 days.  McMackin has agreed to volunteer to coach the Warrior team during that time.

He also agreed to take a 7% salary reduction. Part of that money will be used by UH to fund an intern for a gay / lesbian / bisexual and transgender group on campus. His suspension and salary cut combined equals more than $160,000.

McMackin will also participate in activities with the LGBT campus community and in a public service announcement describing how words can hurt.

The coach, his players, and members of LGBT community all agree his remarks were wrong. They say the mistake has been made, but now it's time to turn this negative situation positive by making the campus a more tolerant and respectful community.

You could hear it in his voice and see it on his player's faces. This is one play, the coach wants back.

"I've made a mistake," said UH Football Coach Greg McMackin.

The sorrow swells up his eyes. Players feel his pain.

"Right when we saw our coach walk out with red eyes, tears in his eyes I think it broke all of our hearts," said UH Football Player Austin Hansen.

But his several gay slurs are serious.

"He broke university policy, Western Athletic Conference policy and needs to be disciplined for it," said UH Athletic Director Jim Donovan.

"It has hurt many people and brought negative attention to our university and our state," said UH Manoa Chancellor Dr. Virginia Hinshaw.

Gay and lesbian leaders feel his sincerity.

"I was really touched and I think the days ahead will prove us out," said PFLAG-Oahu President Carolyn Martinez Golojuch.

They embrace the chance for the football icon to join forces with the LGBT community as an agent of change.

"Now I have to show the leadership in dealing with the football program and building respect for all people in our community," said McMackin.

"Our combined efforts and resources will build a more respectful and inclusive campus," said LGBT Student Services Employee Cameron Miyamoto.

Players stand by their coach. They practice drills after the press conference. Like after any bad call on game day, they will learn from the incident and look forward.

Once you step onto the field everyone's business and we'll focus on what we need to do," said UH Football Player Greg Alexander.

Emotionally and physically drained for now, there's no doubt, Coach "Mack" will be back.

LGBT leaders say there's still a lot of hurt and anger amongst students. He's apologized countless times, but they say it's McMackin's actions now that will help with the healing process.

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