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College Basketball Coach Laments Using 'Abhorrent' Gay Slur Twice During Live Radio Interview

West Virginia Coach Bob Huggins later apologized on Twitter, saying 'there is simply no excuse for' using the gay slur.

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University of West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins used a homophobic slur on live radio twice.

Huggins appeared on the The Bill Cunningham Show on Cincinnati’s Newsradio 700 WLW. In the interview they discussed Cincinnati’s rivalry with Xavier.

Huggins said:

"Any school that can throw rubber penises on the floor and then say they didn’t do it, my God, they can get away with anything.”

Cunningham mentioned it was transgender night.

“I think it was transgender night, wasn’t it?”

That's when Huggins used the slur.

“What it was, was all those [homophobic slur]s, those Catholic [homophobic slur]s, I think.”

You can hear the audio here:

Huggins later apologized for using the slur.

In a written statement he said:

“I used a completely insensitive and abhorrent phrase that there is simply no excuse for―and I won’t try to make one here."
"I deeply apologize to the individuals I have offended, as well as to the Xavier University community, the University of Cincinnati and West Virginia University."

He added:

"As I have shared with my players over my 40 years of coaching, there are consequences for our words and actions, and I will fully accept [anything] coming my way."
"I am ashamed and embarrassed and heartbroken for those I have hurt.”

Many people shared their reactions on social media.

The university stated they were looking into the situation.