Perhaps F. Scott Fitzgerald was wrong about there being no “second acts” in Americans’ lives.
A highly touted high school quarterback from Florida rejected by the Florida Gators over an N-word controversy is getting a second chance.
As The Free Press reported last November, the Gators withdrew a scholarship offer to a four-star prospect named Marcus Stokes, who is white, after he posted a social media video of himself saying the N-word as he sang along with a rap song, performed by a black rapper.
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The Gators labeled it racism, Stokes apologized, and other schools who had shown an interest, such as Penn State, backed away. He seemed destined for obscurity and life, likely without any more football.
But Stokes, out of Nease High School in Ponte Vedra Beach, recently got another scholarship offer.
From Albany State.
Which, by the way, is a member of the Historically Black College and University club.
But no good deed goes unpunished.
Quinn Gray, the new coach at Albany State, was forced to apologize for allowing Stokes to visit the campus and offering him the scholarship.
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Gray, in a statement, said he actually wanted to help Stokes but then claimed he “brought pain” to his school by entertaining Stokes. He apologized for his “flawed judgment” and then groveled for mercy for daring to suggest an 18-year-old kid deserves a second chance.
Still, Stokes got another offer.
This time from Alabama A&M, another HBCU school.
At the time of this writing, Alabama A&M’s coach has not been forced to grovel before the wokesters.
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