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Baylor Women’s Hoops Coach Kim Mulkey Apologizes For ‘Knock Them Right in the Face’ Comment

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Scandal-plagued Baylor was forced to deal with yet another controversy over the weekend, following some remarks made by women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey.

Following her team’s home victory over Texas Tech on Saturday, Mulkey addressed the fans, in honor of her 500th career win as coach. Mulkey took part of her speech to defend Baylor — as 31 players on the football team have been accused, in a lawsuit, of committing 52 acts of rape from 2011-2014.

“If somebody is around you and they ever say ‘I will never send my daughter to Baylor,’ you knock them right in the face,” Mulkey said.

In an interview Sunday with ESPN.com, Mulkey apologized for her comment.

“I hate that I used the remark about punching them in the face,” Mulkey said. “That was not literal. I was trying to make a point, to be firm in what you are saying back at them. I’m not a violent person. I apologize for the very poor choice of words.”

Mulkey told ESPN.com that she was not trying to say that sexual assault victims should “move on.”

“Not only do I sympathize with victims, I am angry about the way victims were treated at this university,” Mulkey said. “It is horrible, horrible anytime someone does not take care of a victim. Even one sexual assault is too many. Nobody is dismissing what happened here. I want us to get to the bottom of it.”

Watch Mulkey’s original comments above, via Waco, TX ABC affiliate KXXV. And read Mulkey’s full interview with ESPN here.

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