PORTLAND, Ore. (CBS SEATTLE/AP) — A Portland-area middle school football coach who said he was willing to lose his job rather than back down from plans for a team party at Hooters has lost his job.
The athletic director for the Corbett School District, Jean-Paul Soulagnet, sent a letter to parents Monday night telling them the end-of-season awards party the team voted to attend at Hooters was no longer a Corbett Middle School event.
KGW reports the athletic director also fired coach Randy Burbach for refusing to choose a more appropriate location.
“I’m not taking them there for the sexual overtones that the upset families are casting on the restaurant,” Burbach told KGW. “If they do as well as the Hooters did for my boys when they were twelve, it would be a great experience.”
Burbach said he would not bow to pressure to move the party, because he always told his boys to stand up for what they believe in.
“I’m not allowing myself to be bullied by the vocal minority is the example — is the war — I want to win,” he told KGW. “It’s the only war I can win right now.”
He believes Hooters is appropriate for families. The restaurant bills itself as “delightfully tacky,” and its waitresses wear skimpy outfits.
After refusing to change the venue, the Corbett athletic director wrote to parents:
“I spoke to many people over the weekend regarding the location of the event…Outside of a bar, tavern, or strip club where would be the next worse place…to take a middle school football team to?”
“Time after time the reply was Hooters.”
According to KGW, Burbach is still going to host the awards event at Hooters — but will remove the middle school name from the venue.
(TM and © Copyright 2013 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)