Mike Maynard, head football coach at the University of Redlands in Southern California, was placed on administrative leave Saturday because of a social media post “that has been causing distress in our community,’’ athletic director Jeff Martinez announced.
Earlier this week, Maynard commented on a video showing an explosive detonating inside a car during protests in Riverside, California, replying to the post with: “What kind of bomb? I want one of those.’’
Maynard, who has a record of 206–91–1 in 32 years as head coach at the Division III school, issued an apology on Wednesday, writing on Twitter: “Let me apologize for an unintentional reply I made (in error) to a friend who messaged to tell me to be careful, stay inside and defend my property. Those who know me know that I believe in Criminal Justice Reform and that all men are created in that awesome likeness of God.’’
The school’s Senior Diversity and Inclusion Officer will lead a formal review of the matter at the request of the school’s dean, Donna Eddleman, according to Martinez.