An assistant basketball coach at a Catholic school in Philadelphia was asked to resign yesterday after being identified as one of the perpetrators of a horrific mob attack on a gay couple that took place last week.

The coach, identified as Fran McGlinn by the Philadelphia Daily News, had been “serving as a coach on a contract basis,” said Kenneth Gavin, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In reality, however, it appears that the high school is downplaying the role of McGlinn in the world of high school basketball – he was given an over $500,000 *fantasy budget to host a basketball championship at Philadelphia University last June, according to an article on Philly.com.    (The players would only get the winnings if the team finished first place.)

With a solid foundation in coaching, McGlinn is quickly getting a taste of player personnel. He assembled a team mostly of former local stars to play in The Basketball Tournament. The inaugural 32-team, single-elimination event will take place in June at Philadelphia University. Members of the winning team will get shares of the $500,000 prize…

…McGlinn’s squad, Philly Patriots, is led by former Penn Charter guard Sean Singletary and Sam Zeglinski. Both played at Virginia. Fran Dougherty, who played at Wood and Penn, also is on the team, as is Zeglinski’s older brother, Joe. He was a star at Archbishop Ryan and Hartford.

It is unknown if any of the players involved in the high-ticket championship were involved in the mob violence last week; a few of them worked with McGlinn at the high shool, and a few were also alumni.

Archbishop Charles Chaput put out a statement to the press regarding the crime:

“A key part of a Catholic education is forming students to respect the dignity of every human person whether we agree with them or not. What students do with that formation when they enter the adult world determines their own maturity and dignity, or their lack of it. Violence against anyone, simply because of who they are, is inexcusable and alien to what it means to be a Christian. A recent beating incident in Center City allegedly involved, in some way, a part-time coach at Archbishop Wood High School. After inquiries by school leadership, the coach was contacted regarding the matter and he resigned. Archbishop Wood’s handling of the matter was appropriate, and I support their efforts to ensure that Catholic convictions guide the behavior of their whole school community, including their staff.”

The 25-year-old assistant coach was accompanied by several other former students from Archbishop Wood High School, according to New York Daily News. They ambushed the young gay couple — ages 27 and 28 — while they walked in Center City, confronted them about their homosexuality, and then attacked them when they admitted they were a couple.

Pennsylvania laws do not have criteria for hate crimes based on sexual identity or gender, however, the FBI is keeping a close eye on the case outcome and will have the opportunity to press charges when cause is found.

A petition is circulating on social media asking Pennsylvania legislators to change the state’s hate crime laws to include sexual orientation.

It has a little over 1800 signatures so far.

You can sign the petition here.

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  • Big D

    What kind of self-righteous goons are they breeding at Archbishop Wood Highschool?

    A mob of ~12 young men and women (many of them alumni of this CATHOLIC school) were involved in gaybashing a couple, then they robbed them…I’m sure some of them just stood there and watched. None of them reported the act. It’s only out in the news because they were caught on camera. Maybe they were going to tell a priest at their next scheduled confession…but Twitter beat them to the punch. How typical of church-going Christians to turn their back on the Bible when they think nobody is watching. Now they will be judged for the criminals/sinners that they are…both by the legal system, and by their God.

    Firing a coach is not enough action for this school to do…that’s just a punishment for Fran McGlinn, whose basketball coaching career is officially OVER. Catholic schools, like Archbishop Wood, need to be more proactive in reminding its students that judgment of others’ “sins” is not their decision to make. It’s so embarrassing for other non-judgmental Catholics/Christians to see stuff like this.

    At least one good thing coming out of this: a change in Pennsylvania’s hate crime laws to include sexual orientation. This hate crime will lead progress and change.

  • Jay

    Either his parents did no actual parenting or he was born a monster

    • dimepeice55

      He and his entire group, are nothing but , “THUGS AS WELL AS SAVAGES!” They are also, “MONKEYS” as well. Were they arrested, and if not, why?

  • scottrose

    Notice; the Catholic Church official’s statement doesn’t have so much as one word wishing the gay victims well. The child-raping, gay-bashing criminal ring of the Catholic Church is fully intact.