The apology issued by Creighton men's basketball coach Greg McDermott for urging his players to "stay on the plantation" during a postgame speech last week has not been widely accepted, including by Duke's director of operations and player development Nolan Smith.
Smith, who is Black, tweeted Wednesday, that to "use the word plantation today is bizarre" and that McDermott should be held accountable for his words.
The word "plantation" carries racist overtones for its connotations of slavery and repression.
Smith's tweet continued: ".. If a NBA owner or Coach used the word plantation.. what would happen? Who is going to hold @cucoachmac accountable? I saw his “Im sorry” no sir.. I feel bad for those players that were in that locker room."
That includes former Duke reserve Alex O'Connell, who transferred to Creighton before the season.