FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Texas Wesleyan University has rebuked its baseball coach for telling a high school player from Colorado that the team doesn’t recruit from the state because players there fail drug tests.
Texas Wesleyan coach Mike Jeffcoat said in an email exchange last month that his program previously decided not to accept players from the state, adding, “You can thank your liberal politicians.”
Colorado voters in 2012 approved recreational marijuana use.
A university spokesman confirmed the existence of the email to the Houston Chronicle. The university said in a statement that it doesn’t condone discrimination, including on the basis of the “political legislation of one’s home state.”
Jeffcoat pitched 10 years in the majors before becoming head coach at Texas Wesleyan in Fort Worth in 2002.