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Division III coach placed on leave for "distressing" tweet

University of the Redlands head coach Mike Maynard has been placed on administrative leave following a tweet that many in the community found offensive.

"On Wednesday evening University leadership was made aware of a social media post from Football Coach Mike Maynard that has been causing distress in our community," Redlands AD Jeff Martinez said in a statement. "The posting has been interpreted in different ways, including as words that stand in opposition to the core values of our institution.

"In a message I shared with many in the Athletics community last week I stated, 'We must be unified in our commitment to the work that makes change happen. Work that makes our world better, richer, wiser, and just. It is our shared responsibility as coaches, staff, and student-athletes to listen to each other, to be heard by all, and to make a difference for the greater good.'I cannot simply speak of these responsibilities, I must act on them accordingly. Therefore, with guidance and support from University Dean Donna Eddleman, I have placed Coach Maynard on administrative leave without prejudgment. Dr. Eddleman has asked our Senior Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Christopher Jones Jr., to lead a formal review. He has agreed to do so. This process will begin in earnest.

"I honor the feelings of all who are conflicted, angry, or hurting, and I remain committed to providing strong, ethical leadership during these challenging and uncertain times."

The offending tweet came in response to a tweet about an explosive detonating inside a car during the George Floyd protests last week in Riverside, Calif.

"What kind of bomb? I want one of those," Maynard wrote in a since-deleted tweet.

Maynard apologized later in the day Wednesday. He has since deleted his entire account.

"Let me apologize for an unintentional reply I made (in error) to a friend who messaged to tell me to be careful, stay inside and defend my property," Maynard wrote Those who know me know that I believe in Criminal Justice Reform and that all men are created in that awesome likeness of God."

Maynard, 63, is 206-91-1 as the head coach at Redlands, a Division III school in Redlands, Calif.

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