Responding to the hubbub surrounding his comments made during a Hillary Clinton rally, Saint Louis coach Rick Majerus showed he has no intention of backing down from his beliefs, even it means losing his job.
Speaking to ESPN’s Pat Forde, Majerus made it clear that while he respects the Archbishop Raymond Burke, he stands strong in his beliefs:
“I believe in ending the war. I believe in gun control. I believe in stem-cell [research]. I believe in pro-choice. I respect that women need to make the decisions that are right for them, and I think it’s wrong for people to speculate what they would do in a gut-wrenching, agonizing situation.”
Majerus goes on to say he was shocked by the Archbishop’s interjection and while he does respect his opinions, the Archbishop should respect his as well. The idea of him losing his job as Saint Louis’ coach came up as well, and considering how the Burke responded the first time, that may well be the result of this follow-up interview:
“I don’t anticipate repercussions,” Majerus said. “But if there were, I don’t need the job. I like the job, but if Father asked me to step down, I would. I think I would.”
It would be a shame to see Majerus leave Saint Louis under such conditions. I’m guessing the Archbishop was all out of the “Love thy Neighbor” elixir when he first read about Majerus’ comments.
As it stands, I commend him for standing strong in his beliefs and if Saint Louis thinks they’ll have a better representative, perhaps they need to read how he tried to help Al Soto as Soto struggled with Lou Gehrig’s disease.