Chaminade coach resigns after sending 'racial' text

Published: Dec. 8, 2011 at 5:41 PM HST|Updated: Dec. 8, 2011 at 10:16 PM HST
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Mike Mathey resigns after mistakenly sending a text with a racial slur
Mike Mathey resigns after mistakenly sending a text with a racial slur

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Assistant Chaminade University basketball coach Mike Mathey resigned today, four days after mistakenly sending a text with a racial slur to one of his players.

The text contained a racial slur associated with African-Americans and was sent to an African-American player. Mathey allegedly said the problem with the team was that there were too many African-Americans on the roster.

Mathey joined Head Coach Eric Bovaird at Chaminade this summer after Bovaird was hired from West Liberty University in Tridelphia, W.V. Mathey played for Bovaird at the school and was a four-year letterman and 1,000-point scorer before signing to play pro basketball in Germany.

Chaminade University released this statement Thursday afternoon:

HONOLULU – December 8, 2011–Chaminade University has accepted the resignation of its assistant men's basketball coach, Mike Mathey. Mathey had been placed on administrative leave during an investigation regarding a text message that had been sent over the weekend, which contained a racial slur. He tendered his resignation as of last night.

"Mike decided it was in his best interest and the interest of the team that he should resign immediately, and we have accepted his resignation," stated Eric Bovaird, Chaminade Head Basketball Coach. "Inappropriate text messaging and the use of racial biased language is not something that will be tolerated neither by me nor by Chaminade University.  I am very proud of the fact that we have a very diverse team from various countries and different backgrounds. We stand united together and will move forward as a team," he said.

Chaminade Athletics Director Bill Villa added, "We believe that we handled this unfortunate situation swiftly, fairly and respectively to all parties involved.  The team and coaches have done an admirable job of supporting and comforting each other, working through this adversity and re-focusing on their goals and mission.  I'm very proud of them."

This was Mathey's first season as assistant men's basketball coach at Chaminade. Originally from Prospect, Ohio, he has played both college and overseas basketball.

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