Cleveland High School football coach Ken Duilio claimes that he was fired for being a police officer.
Portland Public Schools has fired Cleveland High School football coach Ken Duilio, he says because of his position as a sergeant for the Portland Police Bureau.
Duilio, who took over Clevelandâ€™s football program in 2019, said he was told Monday that his coaching contract would not be renewed.
Asked if the reason for his dismissal had to do with his job with Portland police, Duilio told The Oregonian/OregonLive: â€œ100 percent.â€
Portland Public Schools athletic director Marshall Haskins said coachesâ€™ contracts are renewed each year on Aug. 1. The district, Haskins said, â€œchose to go in a different directionâ€ at Cleveland. He would not say why but denied the decision had to do with Duilioâ€™s other job with Portland police.
Duilio said there was a group â€” he did not know who â€” that put pressure on the school district to fire him as football coach. Duilio believes a campaign to remove him at Cleveland began after he spoke during a news conference at North Precinct on June 26. Fliers with Duilioâ€™s picture attaching him to past incidents as a police officer were stapled to telephone poles throughout Portland in recent weeks.
Daryl Turner, president of the Portland Police Association, called it discriminatory that the city school district let Duilio go as a football coach.
â€œHeâ€™s built relationships and partnerships with people and youth in the community. He lives in Portland, raises his family in Portland and has helped direct dozens of kids who may otherwise be going a different direction were they not playing football,â€˜â€™ Turner said. â€œIt is a shame and unfair that they fired him based on the fact that heâ€™s a Portland police officer. It is discriminatory and contrary to what they should be teaching kids in school.â€
About a week ago, Duilio said he was asked to come into the district office to talk about incidents listed on the flier. Duilio said he was told that the district â€œdidnâ€™t see a path moving forward because of pressure theyâ€™re gettingâ€ and was asked to resign.
The evidence seems to back up Duilio’s claim. It isn’t a coincidence that he was fired while a left-wing harassment campaign was going on.
This story is just terrible. No one is defending law-abiding Americans in this country,
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