Sometimes standing up for what you believe in isn’t the easiest path to take.
That’s especially true when powerful forces are aligning to pull you in the opposite direction.
But a former college football coach says he has “no regrets” over his political firing.
Former Washington State coach Nick Rolovich did not get the COVID-19 vaccine last year.
That precipitated his firing after some “ugly conversations” happened between him and the college’s administration.
Now, he’s telling everyone why.
In an interview with Allison Williams of The Daily Wire, Coach Rolovich spoke at length on the impacts of the vaccine and how his stance as a Catholic led to friction with other staff after he chose not to comply with the mandate.
Rolovich was one of five assistant coaches to be fired from Washington State in 2021 for not adhering to the state’s vaccine mandate.
As a result, he was unable to collect the estimated $9 million remaining on his contract with the school.
He then filed a $25 million wrongful termination suit against his former employers.
Rolovich said, “The priest broke it down to me. Because he wanted to know why, and I said, ‘This is just how I’m feeling,’ and he says, ‘Well, that’s your conscience talking to you and the Catholic Church recognizes your conscience.’ That was what was speaking to me the whole time. It was real hard because I was unvaccinated, couldn’t meet with the players. I’m stuck in my office all day. It was really unhealthy for me, but I have no regrets on my decision.”
But he says his biggest regret was not being more outspoken while still an employee at Washington State that he was not going to get the shot on the grounds of religious reasons.
He continued, “I thought as a football coach, you don’t need to talk about politics, you don’t need to talk about religion, you don’t need to talk about medical. That was all kind of off limits. For our staff. I just said, ‘You’re for it, you’re against it. I don’t care.’ It just got real strange, real fast.”
He recalled telling Pat Chun, the Washington State athletic director, “I’m not getting the shot. I’m not resigning. I’m not going to get a medical because I could go get a fan card, easy, but then I’d be lying . . . I’m going to do a religious exemption. And they both said ‘We’re not going to believe you, you know, the Governor’s not happy with you.’”
A verbal argument later took place between the two, and from there everything got worse.
Rolovich is now unsure whether he’ll ever be able to get another position coaching again, but if that’s the case, he’s at peace with it, saying, “Sitting here seven months later, to me, God was right, trusting that feeling and that belief really did end up helping me out.”
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