Randall Burbach was recently fired from his volunteer football coaching job at Corbett Middle School after planning an awards dinner for the kids at a Hooters restaurant in Jantzen Beach, which is located in Portland, Ore.
After being canned, Burbach announced that he still intends to hold the awards dinner at the Hooters because the team’s players, ages 12 to 14, chose it. Their families are also invited to attend (video below).
"[I'm] not allowing myself to be bullied by a vocal minority, is the war I want to win," Burbach told KGW. "You stand up for what you believe in. I believe this is a proper venue."
Burbach claims his own kids went to the same Hooters when they were 12 years old.
According toThe Oregonian, Corbett Middle Schools athletic director, J.P. Soulagnet, wrote in a letter to parents explaining that Burbach refused to change his mind: "I spoke with Randy Burbach this evening [Monday night] and asked him to move the event to a different venue. He was unyielding and emphatically said 'no' for a number of reasons.”
“Some might say that this restaurant objectifies women. I would tend to agree,” Soulagnet wrote. “It is not a restaurant that I would feel good about my wife or daughter working at. I think it sends the wrong message to our young men and that saddens and worries me the most.”
But Burbach claims he didn't hear any negative concerns from parents.
He told The Oregonian, "I believe this is a fine venue. It’s not a strip club. If you have a dirty mind, you’ll find dirt. You teach your linemen to play through pressure and that’s exactly what’s happening to me.”
Michelle Rolens, co-president of Corbett Football and parent of one the young players, plans to attend the dinner and ride in the limo that Burbach is providing.