Gordon Gee Apologizes to Bret Bielema; Bielema Posts Apology on Twitter

By Jason Priestas on June 1, 2013 at 4:55a

As part of Gordon Gee's world apology tour, which included notes to the SEC, Louisville and an email to Ohio State faculty, staff and students, he reached out to former Wisconsin and current Arkansas coach Bret Bielema to apologize for telling a closed door meeting of the university Athletics Council that Bielema was not liked at Wisconsin and that his athletic director at the time, Barry Alvarez, thought he was a "thug."

Gee sent the following apology, via email, to Bielema:

Dear Bret,

I write to apologize for my comments about you, as well as remarks I made that were entirely unfounded and speculative about your relationship with Barry Alvarez and the University of Wisconsin. My comments were unfair, inaccurate, and wholly wrongheaded. To be sure, you have a remarkable record of accomplishment with student-athletes both on the field and in the classroom. I am deeply sorry for my comments and for any and all pain they have caused.

E. Gordon Gee

Bielema, ever graceful, posted a screenshot of the apology to Twitter, saying "it's a start" and that he'll "take his apology and phone call soon."

Thank you, class act known for telling Twitter detractors to "enjoy their lives alone."

Look, Gee was right to apologize. He had no choice, really. But for Bielema to post this in a boastful manner is, well, pretty much everything that Bret Bielema stands for. He is a thug and he has no class, whatsoever. He's proven it on and off the field numerous times.

When a gentleman receives an apology, he doesn't boast. He accepts it and moves on. But Bielema is to gentleman what Gee is to measured remarks.

Source: @BretBielema

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