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Art Briles’ Daughter Comes Out Swinging Against Baylor And His Critics

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Former Baylor football coach Art Briles’ daughter Staley Lebby has come out swinging after her father was fired because a sexual assault scandal was revealed among football players.

The Facebook post has since been deleted, but was captured by USA Today before Lebby took it offline. (RELATED: Baylor Reportedly Fires Football Coach Art Briles Amid Chaos Over Handling Of Sexual Violence Claims)

It read:

I just stopped crying long enough to be able to write this. But this is all I will say on this outrageous situation – anyone who knows my dad knows he is a man of incredible character & Faith. He is one of the most giving & unselfish people I’ve ever been around. He has been through so much in his life and always been a fighter – he’s done everything the right way & for the right reasons. He has always wanted to take over programs that were suffering, like he once did, to take them to the top, which he has done at multiple places. He wanted to be successful for his parents and make them proud. He has worked his ass off in his 40 years of coaching to get to where he is today – he has NEVER been fired, his character has NEVER been questioned and he has NEVER been deemed to do anything unethically. He has always been a players coach & wanted nothing but the best for every single one of them. He has only kept coaching as long as he has to build a sturdy foundation for his kids & grandkids. The fact that Baylor has treated him the way they have is the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen. Anyone who is questioning his character – doesn’t know him. There is always so much more to a story than being told. This media witch hunt has been the most disturbing thing I’ve ever witnessed. The situation has been blown so out of proportion. Sadly, Baylor was influenced heavily by the media and felt pressured to let him go. I guess a man that has resurrected your program and made you a top 10 program wasn’t worth fighting for or defending. The easy way out was taken. He will get to tell his side of the story to gain his name back – the truth will be told & he will keep fighting the good fight. We aren’t backing down & throwing in the towel. When times are tough, the tough will survive. Thanks for all the messages & texts & support – means a lot to us all. I will never wear a Baylor tshirt ever again & I hate that, but they did the unthinkable to one that matters most. Prayers welcomed.

Briles, who is one of the most successful football coaches in America, was fired for his alleged role in cultivating a culture that resulted in rampant sexual violence problems from several of his players. (RELATED: Colin Cowherd: Baylor Scandal Wouldn’t Happen In A Big City)

However, it still remains unclear what role Briles had in any cover-up of potential crimes or what he knew and when he knew it about allegations against players.

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