Creighton Basketball Reinstates Greg McDermott After Brief Suspension

NEW YORK - MAR 10: General overview before the Big East Tournament championship game on March 10, 2012 between the Cincinnati Bearcats and the Louisville Cardinals at Madison Square Garden in New York

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The Creighton basketball program has reinstated head coach Greg McDermott, allowing him to return to the sidelines this week for the Big East Tournament.

McDermott had briefly been suspended for racially insensitive “plantation” remarks following a recent loss. The suspension for the Bluejays head coach lasted just one game after the initial backlash.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to return to all team activities and rejoin our incredible student-athletes, coaches, and staff,” McDermott wrote on Twitter following his reinstatement.

“I fully understand and recognize that this does not mark the end, but rather the beginning of my work in learning, growing and earning back the trust of those that I have hurt. I am committed to doing better.”

After McDermott’s initial apology, which came immediately after the comments surfaced, Creighton athletic director Bruce Rasmussen said the coach had shown a commitment to growth which led to his swift reinstatement.

“Through his immediate apology, ownership of his actions, difficult dialogue with his team, and more, Coach McDermott has demonstrated a commitment to grow,” Rasmussen said in a statement on Monday. “I believe his apology, his commitment to grow from this, to learn, and to regain the trust of his student-athletes and others impacted by his words. From our conversations, he understands that forgiveness must be earned, and he is willing to work for it. His actions during his career reveal an individual committed to his team and his community. As such, coach Greg McDermott has been reinstated for all team activities, including this week’s Big East tournament.”

Creighton is currently the No. 2 seed in the Big East Tournament and is awaiting an opponent for their first game of the tournament scheduled for Thursday, March 11.

Tip-off for the game at Madison Square Garden is set for 6:00 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

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