TCU players say they met with Gary Patterson regarding coach’s alleged use of racial slur

A group of TCU football players said they met with head coach Gary Patterson on Monday to discuss Patterson allegedly using a racial slur during a conversation with freshmen linebacker Dylan Jordan.

Jordan shared Monday on Twitter his version of details of the exchange with Patterson, which took place Sunday night at practice. The player said Patterson initially confronted him about an Instagram post. Jordan, who played in two games last season and redshirted, said later in the practice he told Patterson he should have just talked to Jordan about the post and Patterson responded with "you're a (expletive) brat I'll send you back to pitt (Pittsburg, Kansas, Jordan's hometown)."

When Jordan asked why, Patterson said "you've been saying (n-word) in the meeting room."

Jordan said a group of teammates came to him before practice Monday morning and asked if the conversation he had with Patterson was true. After explaining what happened between him and Patterson, Jordan said they "refused to go to practice" in response. 

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Several players acknowledged Patterson said the racial slur but in the context of asking Jordan to not say the word in team meetings. According to Jordan, Patterson came to the locker room after they refused to practice to explain himself and said, "I wasn't calling him a (n-word)."

Once Jordan made his claims on Twitter, several players condemned Patterson's use of the racial slur, while also opposing Jordan's attempt to make it seem as though Patterson was calling him the slur directly. 

Senior tight end Artayvious Lynn also spoke out. After initially calling Jordan "soft" for making his statement on Twitter, Lynn followed up Monday night with his own statement:

"First & foremost I would like to say that I AM COMPLETELY AGAINST ALL RACISM as a black man I'm constantly praying for peace and Love amongst this world. The N word is Never okay to use under any circumstances. The word was unacceptable for My coach to say it regardless of the content," said Lynn.

"With that being said "you (n-word)" was never stated to anyone or never said. Coach P was trying to get Dylan to stop saying the word period," Lynn continued. "In my 5 years of being at TCU I have definitely experienced much racism. I never experienced being call a (n-word) by any coach." 

TCU Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson after a 2019 game against the Texas Longhorns. (Photo: Kevin Jairaj, USA TODAY Sports)

According to Lynn, the team spoke with Patterson to discuss "ways to move forward," and believes Patterson knows he shouldn't say the word in any context. The team also asked Patterson to stop saying "I don't see color," explaining that the color of their skin is important to recognize. 

Patterson has allowed the players to plan something that "speaks volumes against racism" according to Lynn's statement, which is something he says he never thought would ever happened. 

TCU did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

Patterson is the winningest coach in school history, totaling a 172-70 record in 20 seasons. He has led the Horned Frogs to six finishes in the top 10 of the final poll.

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