Baylor basketball has turned down complimentary use of a Jeep from a car dealership after its general manager made racially insensitive remarks regarding its use.
Baylor refused the offer from the Allen Samuels Auto Group dealership in Waco, Texas, after general manager Ted Teague suggested that coach Scott Drew “use it to pull some people out of the hood.” Teague seems to have understood what he said on live television as he discussed granting use of the Jeep to Baylor basketball: You can see him flinch just after making the comment. The video is available to watch via the Baylor sports subreddit.
The dealership has a standing policy in which it grants one-year use of a car to either the men’s or women’s teams after they win a national championship. The dealership granted use of a Corvette to Lady Bears coach Kim Mulkey after her teams’ titles in 2005, ’12 and ’19. Drew led the men’s program to its first title in 2021 with an 86-70 win over Gonzaga.
Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoads and Drew on Wednesday released a joint statement condemning Teague’s remark, saying that it did not align with the university’s institutional values.
The Jeep had already been used in a parade celebrating the team’s national championship victory on Tuesday.