High School Coach Told Football Players To Taunt Opponent With Gay Parents

"Who's your daddy?"

A Maine high school varsity football coach allegedly instructed his players to tease an opposing player for having same-sex parents, the Press Herald reports.

Lynn and Stephanie Eckersley-Ray say that Gray-New Gloucester coach Duane Greaton instructed his players during practice to taunt their son, a Yarmouth player, about having two mothers. Greaton reportedly told his players to tackle the student and chant “Who’s your daddy?”

Concerned Gray-New Gloucester parents and players informed the Eckersley-Rays about the coach’s homophobic order shortly before the game began, and no taunting was overheard.

In their letter to the school district superintendent, the Eckersley-Rays called Greaton’s actions “incredibly discriminatory and hate-laden in nature.” Lynn Eckersley-Ray adds that the incident has been “extremely difficult” for their family.

Press Herald

It remains unclear whether Greaton resigned or was fired, but superintendent Craig King said in a statement that the coach “no longer works” for the school district, which “does not tolerate threatening or discriminating behavior.”

Greaton has an unrelated previous criminal record: He was arrested in 2010 for stealing and reselling dairy products.

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