Anthony Grant shared a threatening voicemail he mentioned he acquired after the Flyers fell to VCU on Friday. (Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire/Getty Images)
Dayton coach Anthony Grant didn’t maintain again on Tuesday night time.
Grant erupted on sure Dayton followers who he mentioned have been threatening him and his gamers in latest weeks. Grant revealed each he and gamers on his group have acquired hateful messages, threats and extra associated to playing — one thing that grew to become authorized in Ohio on Jan. 1.
“I’ve to say seething as a result of I feel it’s simply vital at this level,” Grant mentioned, by way of the Dayton Daily News. “These younger males, we’re asking them to sacrifice fairly a bit for us to have the ability to do what we do and luxuriate in what we get pleasure from. So I’m simply asking all of the Flyer followers simply to grasp that we’re coping with 18-, 21-, 22-year-olds, and it’s about them. This is about them … There’s some legal guidelines which have just lately been enacted that, actually to me, may change the panorama of what faculty sports activities is all about.
“When we’ve those that make it about themselves and assault youngsters due to their very own agenda, it sickens me.”
Grant performed a voicemail for reporters displaying only a pattern of the messages he’s mentioned he’s acquired.
While it’s not clear particularly what the caller was referring to, or who it was, it doesn’t matter to Grant. That’s crossing a line.
“You had the lead with two minutes left,” a caller mentioned within the voicemail. “That’s not comfy. People will go down. Heads will roll for what occurred tonight, I promise you that!”
Grant is in his sixth season main the Flyers. They beat Davidson 68-61 on Tuesday night time simply earlier than Grant’s rant, although they didn’t cowl the ten.5-point unfold. On Friday, the Flyers fell to VCU regardless of holding an early 14-point lead in a sport they have been favored in, too.
Friday’s response from followers, athletic director Neil Sullivan mentioned, “was the worst.”
“So in the event you’re a Flyer fan, I ask you simply to grasp what you’re coping with, with younger individuals. Take a step again, and reevaluate your priorities. And in the event you can’t, we don’t want you.”