Belmont benefactor Mike Curb issued a statement yesterday asking Belmont to reconsider its actions with women's soccer coach Lisa Howe, who recently left her post after the discovery that her partner is expecting, a move that has kicked off a storm of controversy and speculation.
Though Curb didn't offer any ultimatums, his words implied that the repercussions would be lasting and irreparable if Belmont didn't take immediate action to rectify the situation, particularly in the university's ability to attract high-profile events like the presidential debate.
"If we leave an issue like this unresolved," he wrote in yesterday's letter, "I would strongly doubt that we would ever have an opportunity to compete for major entertainment opportunities at the Event Center in the future."
Today, in response to numerous requests for further comment and speculation as to whether Curb would reconsider his affiliation with the university if Belmont continues to discriminate against gay employees and students, Curb has issued this statement:
"I've had numerous interview requests, and I'm deeply appreciative of the fair way that the press has covered my comments. I chose to speak out as an Emeritus Board member because another Board member had spoken out purportedly on behalf of the Board and because I had heard nothing from Belmont for six days. President Fisher has asked me as a member of the Board, now that I've made my statement completely, to hold off making any further statements to give him an opportunity to resolve these issues so that this type of injustice can never happen again. I promise you if the matter is not resolved, I will continue speaking out about this the rest of my life."