Ron Brown's Group Issues Alert to Ordinance

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Husker football coach Ron Brown doesn’t seem to be backing down from some public criticism of his opposition to a workplace anti-discrimination issue in Omaha.

On Monday, his group FreedMen of Nebraska sent out a prayer and action alert to its members urging them to contact city hall and attend Tuesday’s council meeting.

The letter encourages all Nebraskans to participate. It suggests that the ordinance has majority support even though the vote isn’t until Tuesday afternoon. “This issue is urgent because it appears more council members support the ordinance than oppose it,” the letter stated, which was compiled by the Nebraska Family Council.

Last week he explained why he was against the ordinance. “I don't think at the end of the day that any group is going to be protected. Because when you protect one, you're going to not protect another."

Some people took issue with Brown’s comments considering he identified himself at the hearing with the address of One Memorial Stadium and didn’t say his views were his expressly his own.

John Carroll, an Omaha attorney who is gay, wrote to the University questioning why officials allow this to happen with one of its employees of a diverse organization. “The hypocrisy is that if Coach Brown worked in Omaha today, he could never be fired from his job on the basis of his race, gender or religious affiliation. He could be if he was gay or his boss found out he used to be a woman.”

University of Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne answered the letter from Carroll the next day. “I’m sorry that you’ve been offended by Ron Brown’s comments,” wrote Osborne. “I can assure you that Ron’s comments are reflective of his own views and do not represent those of the Athletic Department or the University. His listing his address as One Memorial Stadium was not in keeping with what we would expect and I have addressed this with him.”

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