Geno Auriemma got right to the point Friday when asked his opinion about the place religion has in sports. And what the former Catholic school kid had to say might surprise you.
Or it might not considering his history of allowing the unfiltered flow of thought to pass from his brain through his lips and into atmosphere.
Get the bar of soap ready Sister Angelina, because you might want to wash his mouth out with it after you read this:
“I don’t give a crap about religion when it comes to sports,” Auriemma said. “In fact, I think it’s stupid [to involve it]. I think everyone that goes on national television, and is asked why do you win, says ‘I want to thank God [for giving them the strength to perform].’ Really? Like God gives a crap that you made 18 jump shots. I have always had a problem with that [thinking]. I have a problem with people showing their religion in public. I have a real problem with that. And I don’t care what religion it is.
“And it’s funny. When I was in high school, we prayed before every game. And we prayed after every game. That’s part of the school you are at, part the religious experience of going to a Catholic school. I get that. I did that. I was all in favor of it. And, if i coached at a Catholic high school right now, I’d be doing the same thing.
“But ever since I left high school, and every since I have been a head coach, I don’t pay any mind to that stuff. We don’t pray in the locker room. We don’t pray in the hotel room, pregame or after a game. If you asked me the religion of my players, I would say I have no idea. I really don’t care. It’s none of my business. And I have tried to keep it that way.
“But all of those people who had a heart attack over what was said by our [assistant football coach] should go to whatever church or synagogue or mosque they belong and ask for forgiveness.”
Amen to that.