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A video of a disciplinary discussion between a Valdosta State University baseball player and head coach Greg Guilliams is making its rounds across social media, and it doesn’t paint the skipper in a very positive light

Valdosta State baseball coach Greg Guilliams (2021) | WTXL – Tallahassee YouTube

In the leaked video, an unidentified player alleges that the coach banned him from being a member of the university’s baseball team solely due to the length of his natural hair. Throughout the video, the presumed coach can be heard purportedly telling the player that he would not play because of his hairstyle, “The rule was to have your hair under a certain length.”

“Which you never did,” the coach replied, referring to following his set of guidelines.

“So my hair was never… even when I had it up and it wasn’t hanging down?” the player asked.

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“Here’s where I failed,” Guilliams said, clearly getting angry for his authority being questioned. “Here’s where I failed. What I should have done in the very beginning and I didn’t do it. And this is my fault… What I should have said in the beginning was this is what you’ve got to do with your hair and then once you do that, then I’ll let you come out there, and I didn’t do that.”

When the Valdosta State athlete continued to push the issue, he brought up the fact that he felt like he was being treated differently than the other players. And you can then hear his coach become combative about the issue.

“We’re not talking about other players on the team…We’re not going down that route. Why would I go down that route? I don’t care what anyone else says. This is between you and me. I’m the head coach,” he replied.

Coach Greg Guilliams throwing batting practice pitches to his players | WTXL – Tallahassee

The player then claimed that his hair was trimmed and the coach immediately replied: “It’s not short enough to be on the baseball team. I’m the one that sets the rules. I can set whatever rule I want.”

Valdosta State University has said it is investigating the video. No disciplinary action has been taken as of this time, however.

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