- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 19, 2004

Gary Barnett misses the allegation of rape because of the lack of athletic ability.

Katie Hnida, a former kicker with the University of Colorado football program, says she was raped by a teammate four years ago.

To which Barnett said: “It’s a guys’ sport. [Players] felt like Katie was forced on them. It was obvious Katie was not very good. She was awful. You know what guys do? They respect your ability. … Katie was not only a girl, she was terrible, OK? There’s no other way to say it.”

Barnett was sent to his home, with pay, following his asinine comments.

He should have been fired, and maybe he will be in time.

He should be banished forever from the business of trying to mold the character of overgrown teens after revealing himself to be an insensitive idiot.

Let’s see what his response would be if a female member of his family claimed to be a victim of rape, and a co-worker or friend said, “Well, I have to say she could be a real pain in the rear sometimes. She not only was a pain, she had bad breath, OK? There’s no other way to say it.”

Barnett is a jerk, OK?

Here is a coach who is engulfed in the swirl of a sex scandal that includes six allegations of rape, and the best he can do is evaluate Hnida’s kicking ability.

Maybe he is right. Maybe Hnida is the worst kicker in the history of football. Maybe, as Barnett implies, Hnida was imposed on the football program in the interest of political correctness and never was accepted by the team.

Let’s assume she also cries over hangnails, goes into a meltdown if her mascara runs and was the biggest tease on campus.

Please, what does all that have to do with the allegation of rape?

Barnett almost intimates that just because she was an absolute joke as a kicker, perhaps what happened to her was inevitable.

She did not belong on the team, you see. She was a girl, too. Yuck. Girls do not like to sweat, and they always are worried about their hair. Imagine the damage a football helmet does to a woman’s hair.

Barnett is out of his mind.

His football program throws sex parties for recruits, and he is up to his neck in rape allegations, and the best he can offer is that Hnida did not know a football from a basketball.

If the man had one active brain cell, he might have shown some compassion to Hnida. He also might have reminded everyone that these are only allegations, but if any are borne out, there are going to be serious repercussions, not just from the legal system but in the way he has been running his football program.

No, he is not that kind. He is a weasel. He is concerned with only himself.

Regarding another rape allegation, he said “he stood by his player 100 percent.”

In this selfish fool’s world, there are six women who got together one day and decided to bring down the coach and the football program.

Isn’t that the history of women? They love claiming they were raped. It is a badge of honor.

No guy ever has raped a woman, and certainly not in Boulder, where the grown-ups lead these testosterone-driven teens to a wild party and figure everything is going to be cool at 2 in the morning.

Barnett, of course, knows nothing about nothing, and maybe he is telling the truth.

He is dumber than dirt, that is for sure, and he should be thankful that the school president, a woman, no less, is still allowing a paycheck to be dispatched his way.

This man should be paying the university. He should be issuing apologies to all concerned. He should be announcing his intentions to have a meeting at public square, let a crowd gather and then ask to be pelted with tomatoes.

This man is sickening.

Please, get him out of here.

There is too much good stuff in life to be messing with this warped soul.

Right. He has won a few football games.

Newsflash, coach: Your destiny is as a footnote in the back of a media guide.

Get over yourself. No game is worth the loss of your humanity.

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