Dayton coach Anthony Grant didn’t hold back on Tuesday night.
Grant railed against some Dayton fans, who he said had been threatening him and his players in recent weeks. Grant revealed that he and the players on his team had received hateful messages, threats and more related to gambling – which became legal in Ohio on January 1st.
“I have to say in a tease because I think it’s only necessary at this point,” Grant said. Via Dayton Daily News. “These guys, we’re asking them to sacrifice a lot in order to be able to do what we do and enjoy what we enjoy. So I’m just asking all of you Flair fans just to understand that we’re dealing with 18, 21, 22-year-olds, and it’s about them. This is about them… There are some laws recently enacted that, really to me, could change the landscape around which college sports revolve.
“When we have people who make it about themselves and attack kids for their own agenda, it bothers me.”
Grant played a voicemail to reporters showing only a sample of the messages he said he had received.
“I got a head start with two minutes left,” said one of the callers in a voicemail. “This is not comfortable. People are going to drop. Heads are going to be rolling over what happened tonight, I promise!”
While it’s not clear specifically what the caller was referring to or who it was, Grant doesn’t matter. For him, it crosses the line.
Grant is in his sixth season leading the Flyers. They beat Davidson 68-61 on Tuesday before Grant’s rant, though they failed to cover a 10.5-point lead. On Friday, the Flyers fell to Virginia Commonwealth University despite taking an early 14-point lead in a game in which they were favored.
Sporting director Neil Sullivan said the crowd’s reaction on Friday was “the worst”.
“So if you’re a Flyer fan, I’m just asking you to understand what you’re dealing with, with young men. Take a step back and re-evaluate your priorities. And if you can’t, we don’t need you.”