Priefer would use homophobic language in my presence…He would ask me if I had written any letters defending “the gays” recently and denounce as disgusting the idea that two men would kiss, and he would constantly belittle or demean any idea of acceptance or tolerance…Priefer also said on multiple occasions that I would wind up burning in hell with the gays, and that the only truth was Jesus Christ and the Bible.
Near the end of November, several teammates and I were walking into a specialist meeting with Coach Priefer…one of my teammates made a joking remark about me leading the Pride parade. As we sat down in our chairs, Mike Priefer, in one of the meanest voices I can ever recall hearing, said: “We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows.”
Ah, yes--the ol' let's nuke all the gays in the name of Jesus Christ routine.
So much for those tolerance lessons Priefer says he got from Jim Tressel back in the day.