The city of Portland is slowly losing its mind and this story provides us with all of the evidence that we need. This is the story of a man who has a side gig as a high school football coach in the region. In many instances, this is how it works. Most schools cannot afford to offer up a full time salary, so people are asked to moonlight to serve the interests of the children.
Unfortunately for the man in this story, he has been relieved of his duties and he believes that angry leftists are responsible for what has taken place. Ken Duilio was the Cleveland High School football coach but the Portland Public Schools system has put a swift and decisive halt to that. His days of assisting local students while working as a Portland Police Bureau sergeant are over.
He took over the program last year but was told that his contract is not going to be renewed for the upcoming season. Now that numerous schools are being forced to reconsider their upcoming plans for athletics, it is easy to see why this decision was made. Why would a school risk the blow back that comes with having a police officer on staff who happens to coach football?
If schools aren’t going to be able to play football this year, it seems like a needless risk to take. While we do not agree with the decision, it’s not hard to understand why it was made. “100 percent,” said Duilio when asked if the school’s lack of willingness to renew his contract had to do with his employment with the Portland police.
Portland Public Schools athletic director Marshall Haskins was also asked about what took place here but he was not willing to go as far as Duilio. The district is “going in a different direction” this year, which is exactly what you say to someone who is being fired without cause. In the coach’s mind, there was a group that was responsible for putting pressure on the school and they are to blame for what has happened.
The former coach spoke at a North Precinct press conference in late June. From there, fliers with his photo on them began to circulate in the city. He was being tied to past incidents that took place while he was working with the force. Portland Police Association president Daryl Turner referred to this firing as a form of discrimination.
“He’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,‘’ said Turner. According to the coach, he was told that the district had received some pressure from the local community about the fliers.
It became hard for them to envision a way forward and that’s why they have severed their relationship with the embattled sergeant. Meanwhile, the children are the ones who are truly being deprived here. Take a look at this news clip from 2010. Does this look like a coach who is struggling to maintain a good relationship with his players?
Duilio used to work with the Gun Violence Reduction Team and before that, he was working with the Gang Enforcement Team. The officer also spoke out about the riots, which probably sealed his fate. When he spoke about the pain that officers were feeling, that was all it took for the community to turn against him entirely.
Add Portland to the list of cities that are willing to cut off their noses to spite their faces. This man simply wanted to give back to this community and this is how he has been repaid for it. We would be more upset if we actually believed that high schools were even going to play football this year. This firing is just another form of virtue signaling.