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CAIR-Pittsburgh Welcomes Resignation of Penn State’s Basketball Coach After Racist Comments

(PITTSBURGH, PA, 10/23/2020) – The Pittsburgh Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the resignation of Penn State’s Basketball Coach after racist comments were reported. 

Pat Chambers, head coach of the men’s basketball team at Pennsylvania State University, has resigned after racist comments. A former player, Rasir Bolton, reported Chambers made racial comments toward him.  Chambers said he wanted to “loosen the noose that’s around” Bolton’s neck. The university held an internal investigation of Chambers’ conduct. Sandy Barbour, vice president for intercollegiate athletics stated that Chambers’ resignation is “in the best interests of Penn State, our program and our student-athletes.”

READ: Penn State Basketball Coach Resigns After Racist Comments

In a statement, CAIR Pittsburgh Executive Director Christine Mohamed said: 

“We welcome the resignation of Pat Chambers, and we encourage him to engage with the African American community so that his statements containing racial insensitivities can be transformed into an opportunity for awareness and understanding.”

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.    

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.    


CONTACT: CAIR Pittsburgh Executive Director Christine Mohamed, 412-606-3601,

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