Former Baylor coach Art Briles has issued a statement for the first time since he was fired.
“After 38 years of coaching, I have certainly made mistakes, and, in hindsight, I would have done certain things differently. I always strive to be a better coach, a better father and husband, and a better person,” Briles told KWTX News. (RELATED: BREAKING: Baylor Reportedly Fires Football Coach Art Briles Amid Chaos Over Handling Of Sexual Violence Claims)
The legendary coach also added, “My heart goes out to the victims for the pain that they have endured. Sexual assault has no place on our campus or in our society. As a father of two daughters, a grandfather, and a husband, my prayers are with the victims of abuse, wherever they are.” (RELATED: Colin Cowherd: Baylor Scandal Wouldn’t Happen In A Big City)
However, Briles didn’t miss an opportunity to take a shot over the validity over the report that alleged he played a role in facilitating a dangerous culture among his players. He indicated that the investigation, “supports the conclusions that the board has already drawn.” (RELATED: Art Briles’ Daughter Comes Out Swinging Against Baylor And His Critics)
The Baylor football program has been accused of covering up allegations of violent crimes by football players, including sexual assault. The scandal remained mostly unknown until ESPN broke a story detailing the alleged levels of corruption.