The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Friday afternoon that TCU assistant athletic director Greg Featherston apologized after posting “inflammatory remarks about the Texas A&M bonfire tragedy on his Facebook page.”
The Kansas City Star
Featherston shared a link commenting on A&M’s plans to leave 12 seats empty to honor the 12 students who died in the bonfire collapse in 1999, reported Stefan Stevenson of the Star-Telegram.
Said part of the message: “If the number of students that were victims of what amounted to drunken, negligent homicide on the part of that cow college didn’t match so perfectly with the cult’s favorite number, I doubt you would have seen anything like this done.”
Another passage: “See, this way it’s a passive tragedy that “happened” rather than an active atrocity that was committed. This fits into the real aggy honor code of lying, cheating, and stealing.”
Featherston posted an apology on Facebook.
“I was on campus in Austin at the time of the tragedy, attended every vigil held on campus with UT students and A&M students who drove over from College Station. A very sad time for both institutions.”
The apology concludes, “It was not my intention to disrespect the fallen students or minimize the magnitude of the disaster. I sincerely apologize for the my lapse in judgment with regard to the re-post.”
TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte said he “personally apologizes to anyone who may have been hurt or offended by these comments. They don’t reflect TCU or our athletic program.”