Readers react to comments from WSU football Head Coach Mike Leach stating that he continues to support Republican Party nominee Donald Trump despite lewd comments he made in a 2005 video. At a press conference on Monday, Leach also stated that he has a picture of Trump hanging in his office and has had no issues with recruiting potential student athletes since his previous endorsement of Trump at a Spokane rally on May 7. Leach has landed nine three-star recruits for the class of 2017 so far this season.
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Mario J. Vega: “I don’t understand why there’s a need to interrogate our football coach of all people to disavow a personal friend of his because of a 10 year old tape of him joking around in a personal conversation.”
Marilyn Washabaugh: “Good grief. Let the man have his opinion.”
Jens Hegg: “He kinda made it his business when he took part in a Trump rally. If he only wants to be asked football questions, he ought to stick with being a football coach. Lord knows there are enough internal controversies that Leach could have done without inviting politics in.”
Sharon Mail Kanichy: “Everyone has the right to endorse whoever they want. I don’t agree with him, but that’s my right.”
Matt Klarich: “Freedom of speech doesn’t equal freedom of judgement of said speech. …”
Joel Jones: “A public figure, representative of the university, making $2.686 million a year, a high percentage of which is funded directly from each tuition dollar. He invited the commentary by publicly endorsing Trump. So, yes, he invited any and all blowback on the subject. …”
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