Brown: Durkin And Evans Should Be Fired, Chairman James Brady Should Resign.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) released the following statement in reaction to the University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ decisions regarding the future of Head Coach DJ Durkin and Athletic Director Damon Evans after the death of Jordan McNair. The Congressman called for meaningful change at the University of Maryland and the USM Board of Regents.
“The University of Maryland athletic staff failed Jordan McNair, and on Tuesday the USM Board of Regents failed him again. They did not treat Jordan McNair like a person. They did not treat Jordan like someone’s child. They did not treat Jordan like the high-achieving young person who was worthy of being nurtured and developed into the accomplished man he could’ve become. They failed to protect him from a toxic environment, an abusive coaching staff, and a system rife with neglect at all levels. Jordan’s tragic death was entirely preventable, and the appropriate way to honor his legacy was to urgently making meaningful changes and save other families from this heartache.
“Rather than take necessary action, the Board of Regents’ highest priority was to reinstate head football coach DJ Durkin. This is appalling and unconscionable. Board Chairman James Brady shamefully accepted Durkin’s excuse that he was not responsible or accountable for anything going on in his football program. Chairman Brady outrageously believed Athletic Director Damon Evans was blissfully ignorant of how student athletes were being wronged. The only person Chairman Brady held to account, was Dr. Wallace Loh - the only leader who had enough moral clarity to accept responsibility for Jordan’s death. Durkin and Evans cannot be trusted to turnaround the dysfunction of UMD’s athletic program, nor should they be given the opportunity to fail again.
“Coach Durkin should be fired. Director Evans should be fired. And Governor Hogan’s hand-picked Board Chairman Brady should resign for the extreme callousness and ineptitude he demonstrated by putting his own personal vendettas and agenda ahead of the welfare of our students.
“Jordan McNair’s life matters. As a father and a University of Maryland parent, I urge the entire UMD community to come together and reject this litany of excuses and demand accountability.”