New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine head football coach Nathaniel Jones was reportedly let go today after footage surfaced over the weekend of his team being led in a chant that included the n-word before a game.
The video of the chant, which occurred before at least two games, can be seen below. It is unclear if Jones is the coach leading the exercise, but Kenneth St. Charles, president and CEO of the all-boys, historically black Catholic school, said the school is making a change, via NOLA.com.
St. Charles had previously released a statement on the matter on Sunday.
“We are shocked and embarrassed that such blatantly offensive language would be used at any school event and directed toward our student-athletes and opponents. The words and actions of the coach and the players following his lead do not represent the values that St. Augustine has embodied for more than six decades,” he said.
Jones was in his fourth season as head coach at St. Augustine after serving as an assistant coach there for two years. He will be replaced on an interim basis by assistant coach Kenneth Dorsey Jr.
“Following a review of our football program, we have decided to go in a new direction,” said St. Charles in a statement today. “We thank Coach Jones for his contributions and service to St. Augustine and our football team. We are confident that Coach Dorsey and the remaining coaches on staff are committed to serving the scholar-athletes in our football program through this period of transition.”
St. Augustine is 3-2 on the season. The school is the alma mater of a number of current and former NFL players, including Leonard Fournette, Tyrann Mathieu, Trai Turner and Jacoby Jones.