NASCAR driver brings Georgetown/Howard beef to the track
At the Nationwide race a couple weekends ago, Brendan Gaughan (MSB ’97)—who played on the Georgetown basketball team with Allen Iverson and has since become a successful NASCAR driver—got into a crash with Marc Davis, whose car is sponsored by Howard University.
Angry with Davis for causing the crash, Gaughan reverted to schoolyard mode, yelling, “You find me that dumb wannabe college graduate!” After the race, he told a reporter:
Apparently you get a better education at Georgetown than at Howard University … I don’t know if his crew chief’s dumb, he’s dumb, or his spotter is dumb, but in the middle of the race when you end up turning left while people are coming onto pit road for green-flag pit stops is asinine. I mean, maybe he needs to look that word up, I don’t know.
(Emphasis mine.) Making matters more worse, Gaughan’s crew chief was accused of using racial slurs in reference to Davis after the crash, giving the whole Georgetown v. Howard smackdown some nasty racial undertones.
“I spoke to [Thompson] quite a bit this week – I was nervous [that] what I said was embarrassing a little bit, and Coach Thompson reassured me that he felt no embarrassment by it and he understood the context,” Gaughan said. “I felt bad because in many context that could be construed as something that wasn’t polite.
“Coach Thompson reminded me that I would say the same thing about Syracuse University.”