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Baylor’s Mulkey apologizes for controversial comments

Last night Kim Mulkey had some tough words for critics addressing Baylor. Today she cleaned up her words and gave more background on what she was trying to articulate.

NCAA Womens Basketball: Texas at Baylor Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday, Kim Mulkey addressed the crowd after her team took down Texas Tech. While the win was No. 500 for Mulkey at Baylor, her small speech has been the lasting words left in people’s heads. She addressed the sexual assault situation at the university and told parents to “knock people in their face” for speaking negatively about sending their daughter to Baylor.

Yesterday, she spoke with ESPNW where she retracted the words she said those comments.

"I hate that I used the remark about punching them in the face," Mulkey told ESPNW. "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. My point was, 'Please don't paint, with a broad brush, the women at Baylor,'" Mulkey said. "I didn't think about what I was going to say. I looked at my players, and the little girls and the women who are cheering for them. And I spoke with a lot of emotion."

Mulkey also stated in her press conference after the game that she wanted outsiders to “move on” from addressing the sexual assault scandal that has occurred at Baylor — another comment that did not sit well with viewers who heard it. In her interview with ESPNW she also clarified what she was saying with that statement and sympathy she has for the victims.

"Not only do I sympathize with victims, I am angry about the way victims were treated at this university. 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. "I'm a woman, and I recruit women to come here. I will never, ever support anybody at this university that dismisses what happens to victims or who doesn't help victims. "But I don't think that everybody at Baylor should be put under an umbrella as all being a part of the things that happened. I can't fathom anybody not helping someone who is a victim of that type of crime. I don't condone it. My words [Saturday] did not express exactly what I was trying to say."