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Baseball Coach Denies Colorado Recruit Over State’s Pot Laws

posted Mar 1, 2018, 7:23 AM by PHS Warrior Beat   [ updated Mar 2, 2018, 6:40 AM ]

By: Samantha Dingus

    A Texas university baseball coach rejected a potential recruit from Colorado because of the state’s marijuana laws.

    Texas Wesleyan coach Mike Jeffcoat told high school athlete at Cherokee Trail High School in Aurora, Colorado, Gavin Bell, that he no longer recruits athletes from Colorado because of the difficulties they face passing drug tests.

    "We have made a decision to not take a chance on Student-athletes from your state. You can thank your liberal politicians. Best of Luck wherever you decide to play,” said Jeffcoat in an email to Bell.

    The legal marijuana laws were passed by voters more than five years ago.

   "Back then I wasn't even 18 to have any say in this, and now it's being brought on me," Bell told WBTV.

    The Texas Wesleyan University coach has received some backlash after the email he sent. The university is investigating the situation and said it does not allow behavior that is considered offensive.

    “I think that this coach’s decision is very biased, just because someone lives in the state of Colorado does not mean that they use legal marijuana,” senior, Brayden Hurley, from Pocomoke’s baseball team said.

    “I’m not about that stuff. I’m about getting good grades and focusing on baseball,” Bell told WBTV.

    Bell was concerned when first receiving the email, he shared it with his teachers and loved ones. One of them decided to take it a step further and share it publicly. Bell said the response wasn’t his intentions and it’s very overwhelming.

    Texas Wesleyan University issued a response saying, “We are aware of the email sent by our baseball coach, and the comments he made are no way a reflection of Texas Wesleyan University.”

    “Baseball players should have equal chances of playing somewhere no matter what state they come from,” Hurley said.
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