VCU Coach Says He Was Fired Because He Was Gay

Dec 3, 2012 | Posted by: DNF | Full story: www.southfloridagaynews.com

VCU women’s volleyball coach James Finley is fighting to get his job back after he says he was fired because he is gay.

Finley, 52, has filed a complaint with VCU’s Office for Institutional Equity. University spokesperson Pamela D. Lepley said an investigation is being conducted and must be completed within 45 days. The findings will be provided to Finley and VCU President Michael Rao. The coach said he would consider taking legal action if not reinstated

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He was fired on Nov. 19, one day after the Rams lost in the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament. The Rams finished 25-6, their best winning percentage (.806) in Finley’s eight-year tenure and their first season in the A-10.

Finley said when he met with athletic director Ed McLaughlin and executive associate athletic director Jeff Cupps, they told him their decision not to renew his contract — which expires Dec. 31 — had nothing to do with his won-loss record. The coach, who is 151-116, said he was told that they would help him find a new job; McLaughlin said Cupps would even write a letter of recommendation.

That’s not good enough for Finley. Over Thanksgiving break, Finley said, “My husband and I were talking about it, and we can’t just walk away.”

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Keep queers away from kids !!!

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Good, one less kid having to worry about getting showered by a homosexual.
Still using my handle I see, not very original of you POS

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Good, one less kid having to worry about getting showered by a homosexual.
Read the article before you open up that pumpkin pie hole, all of you, he coached WOMEN. College aged women. Is anyone safer for women to be around than a gay man?

I knew you were dumb, but this proves you are lazy also.

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Keep the Fa$$ot away from the young boys.
Below the headline, the very first line reads "VCU WOMEN'S coach". You usually crow about how accurate you are. I see your tedious boring rants are making you sloppy and careless. I knew it would happen.

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Keep queers away from kids !!!
I can see your mistake. A few years ago, I actually lived in Germany, Munchen, for several months and those German women were so homely and manly looking, so I can see how you got confused as to which sex is which.

BTW, since you are REALLY from Germany, teee heee, tell us the English spelling of Munchen. Hint, it's NOT up north.
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<quoted text>Below the headline, the very first line reads "VCU WOMEN'S coach". You usually crow about how accurate you are. I see your tedious boring rants are making you sloppy and careless. I knew it would happen.
They're *literal* trolls; they're not contributing anything to the forum. They don't read *anything* here; they see keywords, their minds turn them into buzzwords, and they proceed to troll.

I have said a thousand times and I say it infinitely until the moment of my death, I *dare* them and *dare* them to take these "complaints" to their congresspersons or to courts of law (mostly the latter). I have dared them so many times that it's *provable* by a preponderance of evidence that they know they'd lose, and consequently know they're willfully, deliberately and maliciously lying. Anyone pro-gay would *suspect* this; I am drawing the fine distinction that one could look to this very board to *prove it in court*.

In fact, after the latest election and all the gay rights gains, it now seems that they're not even trying to "influence" anyone impressionable: They're literally and solely being savage, demonically hateful, mean-spirited rapists, as if on a type of autopilot. Their hatred is so all-consuming that they have seized upon the *one allegation* that they deem to be "the worst" about "the gays," and repeat it like robots all day, every day.

Which brings you rrrrrright back to my original point: Ergo, by logic, if it were *so true* or *so apropos*, they and theirs would be taking. it. to. legislators. and. courts.

At best, and -- quite spine-chillingly -- they're behaving like demons from hell. Nothing about what they do shows any morality, any moral compass, any goodness, or any christlike quality. Nothing at all. Scary.

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Curteese wrote:
<quoted text>Below the headline, the very first line reads "VCU WOMEN'S coach". You usually crow about how accurate you are. I see your tedious boring rants are making you sloppy and careless. I knew it would happen.
Yup. That word GAY turns them on EVERYTIME! ROTFL. Too funny

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Ooops
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They're *literal* trolls; they're not contributing anything to the forum. They don't read *anything* here; they see keywords, their minds turn them into buzzwords, and they proceed to troll.
I have said a thousand times and I say it infinitely until the moment of my death, I *dare* them and *dare* them to take these "complaints" to their congresspersons or to courts of law (mostly the latter). I have dared them so many times that it's *provable* by a preponderance of evidence that they know they'd lose, and consequently know they're willfully, deliberately and maliciously lying. Anyone pro-gay would *suspect* this; I am drawing the fine distinction that one could look to this very board to *prove it in court*.
In fact, after the latest election and all the gay rights gains, it now seems that they're not even trying to "influence" anyone impressionable: They're literally and solely being savage, demonically hateful, mean-spirited rapists, as if on a type of autopilot. Their hatred is so all-consuming that they have seized upon the *one allegation* that they deem to be "the worst" about "the gays," and repeat it like robots all day, every day.
Which brings you rrrrrright back to my original point: Ergo, by logic, if it were *so true* or *so apropos*, they and theirs would be taking. it. to. legislators. and. courts.
At best, and -- quite spine-chillingly -- they're behaving like demons from hell. Nothing about what they do shows any morality, any moral compass, any goodness, or any christlike quality. Nothing at all. Scary.
How right you are. Christians? Oh, I doubt it, if they are they are NOT paying attention. A lot of them CROW about NOT being religious which is stranger yet as to where their hate comes from.

Did you ever walk by a house on your block where a real mean dog lived? It was always tied up. No one ever played with it. It prowled the yard and paced the fence, angry, impatient, bored. If you walked anywhere near the place, the dog would explode in furious barking, throwing itself against the fence till you were out of sight, but often it would bark even after you were around the corner. That reminds me of our cranky pals above.

If this forum allows them to vent a bit, to keep them from climbing a tower with a high powered weapon and a bag o' bullets, so be it.

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I have my reservations about this story, from what I've read elsewhere, VCU actually has a fairly decent track record in this area and for this to happen would be out of character. This story came out a few days ago, but there really hasn't been anything after the initial allegation.
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Curteese wrote:
<quoted text>How right you are. Christians? Oh, I doubt it, if they are they are NOT paying attention. A lot of them CROW about NOT being religious which is stranger yet as to where their hate comes from.
Did you ever walk by a house on your block where a real mean dog lived? It was always tied up. No one ever played with it. It prowled the yard and paced the fence, angry, impatient, bored. If you walked anywhere near the place, the dog would explode in furious barking, throwing itself against the fence till you were out of sight, but often it would bark even after you were around the corner. That reminds me of our cranky pals above.
If this forum allows them to vent a bit, to keep them from climbing a tower with a high powered weapon and a bag o' bullets, so be it.
Great contribution, and thank you. Indeed, dogs are disturbingly senseless when they're really vicious as you described: Nonstop, as if it will accomplish anything, they continue to bark for *long periods of time*... and don't, um, ever learn in the slightest. Your analogy is excellent.

I agree, too, that venting online can stave offline violence.

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