While Nebraska assistant football coach Ron Brown said he opposes a proposed Lincoln ordinance to protect gay and transgender people from discrimination, he won’t speak out against it at a public hearing scheduled for Monday. On Sunday, the Lincoln Journal Star printed a written by Brown that states his Christian beliefs led him to express his opposition to homosexuality.
In the public letter, coach Brown wrote, “If I coached a gay player, because the Bible says homosexuality is a sin, I would do the same. If he didn’t agree, I wouldn’t penalize him with playing time or any form of discrimination. I have and will embrace every player I coach, gay or straight … but I won’t embrace a legal policy that supports a lifestyle that God calls sin.”
The 55 year old secondary coach spoke out against a similar ordinance in Omaha back in March. The city council of Omaha approved that measure. Brown’s job within the University is not in jeopardy.
Chancellor Harvey Perlman has stated that he found Brown’s remarks to the Omaha City Council offensive, but also noted that Brown has the right to express his personal views. Head coach Bo Pelini is not concerned that Brown’s view will affect his job as a coach.