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Baylor Coach Kim Mulkey on Parents Concerned About Sexual Assault Scandal, "Knock Them Right in the Face"

"The problems we have at Baylor are no different than the problems at any other school in America."​
February 25, 2017, 11:42pm

Kim Mulkey sounds off on recent national scrutiny about #Baylor and female student safety on campus after Lady Bears' win. pic.twitter.com/Jy8YUDhtBW
— John Elizondo (@JohnElizondo25) February 25, 2017

When your school has proved over and over again to have endemic problems surrounding campus rape, it's usually best not to react with threats of violence. Today, after Baylor women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey tallied her 500th win on senior day, she gave a speech in which she said, "If somebody around you and they ever say, 'I will never send my daughter to Baylor,' you knock them right in the face."

Mulkey was addressing what she perceived to be negative press surrounding Baylor's athletics program—in the wake of several school officials failing to address sexual and domestic abuse allegations pertaining to athletes. Mulkey then followed up on her comment about knocking people in the face—which received applause—by saying, "because these kids are on this campus. I work here. My daughter went to school here. And it's the best damn school in America."

Mulkey doubled down on her statement in the following post-game press conference:

Mulkey explained her comments in the post-game press conference. #Baylor pic.twitter.com/emhBU1Ytew
— John Elizondo (@JohnElizondo25) February 25, 2017

"I'm just tired of hearing it," she started off, later using the phrase, "the problems we have at Baylor are no different than the problems at any other school in America." But even if that is true, is that supposed to make Baylor's case any more excusable?