Lions' new coach apologizes for anti-gay remark during college pep rally: 'I was young'

By 97.1 The Ticket

One of the last questions for Dan Campbell at his introductory press conference Thursday as Lions head coach concerned a remark he made more than two decades ago.

"It was something I was young and I wish I wouldn’t have said it, and If I could go back I wouldn’t have," he said. "But here we are and it's out there, and all I can do is apologize for it."

During his playing days at Texas A&M in the late 90's, Campbell made an anti-gay comment at a pep rally before a game against Texas when he said he was proud to attend a university where “men like women and women like men.”

He apologized shortly thereafter: “I offended some people, and I’m sorry for that. It was heat of the moment. It’s not necessarily that I directed it at anyone.”

23 years later, Campbell apologized again.

"It was a bonfire comment," Campbell said. "You’re in front of the student body, I was 22 years old and I made a comment I shouldn’t have made, is exactly what it was.

"At the time, I thought it was something exciting, and I remember I got home and my fiancé at the time, who is now my wife, was like, 'Oh my god, what have you done?' But she was right, and it slapped me right in the face after I had had talked to her. Look, I apologize for it."

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