Longtime University of Redlands head football coach Mike Maynard was placed on leave after a Twitter post about a car bomb.
On Saturday, June 6, Jeff Martinez, the university’s athletic director, announced Maynard was put on administrative leave after he commented under a video of a car bomb detonating at a Riverside protest.
Maynard’s post said,”What kind of bomb? I want one of those.”
The protest shown in the video was one of the many nationwide over the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who has since been fired.
“The post has been interpreted in different ways, including as words that stand in opposition to the core values of our institution,” said Martinez.
“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,” continued Martinez.
“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 Maynard on administrative leave without prejudgment.”
Christopher Jones Jr., the university’s senior diversity and inclusion officer, is leading a formal review.
“This process will begin in earnest,” said Martinez.
“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 Redlands Community News contacted Maynard. He declined to comment.