UT's Pearl Apologizes for Joke

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl has apologized for a joking remark that linked the rural home of one his players to the Ku Klux Klan.

Pearl was the featured speaker Thursday at a charity fundraising
event in Knoxville at the Tennessee Valley Authority. The audience
was laughing as he described shaping a team from players with
different backgrounds.

With WBIR-TV cameras rolling, Pearl said he has players from
"the 'hood" of Chicago and Detroit, and players like freshman
Skylar McBee from Grainger County, "where they wear the hood."

He issued a statement later Thursday saying he did not intend to
offend anyone, especially anyone in Grainger County. He says he is
disappointed the remark took attention away from the charity event.

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