West Virginia DB Alleges ‘Mistreatment and Racism’ From Defensive Coordinator

On Tuesday, West Virginia defensive back Kerry Martin Jr. took to Twitter and aired his grievances about current defensive coordinator, Vic Koenning.

The post starts with Martin explaining how he has faced mistreatment and racism throughout his life, and specifically when working with Vic Koenning.

I MYSELF HAVE DEALT WITH MISTREATMENT AND RACISM GROWING UP IN WEST VIRGINIA, BUT I NEVER WOULD HAVE THOUGHT I’D DEAL WITH IT WHILE AT A SCHOOL I’M SUPPOSED TO BE ABLE TO CALL HOME WITH MY POSITION COACH VIC KOENNING

Kerry Martin Jr. via Twitter

This was followed by a claim that Koenning had antagonized player’s -including Martin Junior – over their religious beliefs.

STARTING BACK TO SPRING BALL 2019 BEFORE GUYS STARTED TO TRANSFER, COACH VIC HAS ANTAGONIZED DERREK PITTS FOR BELIEVING IN SOMETHING THAT HE DIDN’T BELIEVE. HE WOULD MAKE REMARKS ABOUT THE BIBLE AND TALK ABOUT RELIGION IN FRONT OF DERREK, MAKING HIM WANT TO QUESTION THE THINGS HE BELIEVED.

Kerry Martin Jr. via Twitter

Martin Jr. then tells a story about his former high school coach’s reaction to meeting with Koenning.

I WAS NOT TOLD ANYTHING THAT WAS SAID IN THE CONVERSATION BUT MY COACH DID TELL ME THAT MY POSITION COACH HAD A “SLAVE MASTER” MENTALITY BASED OFF THE CONVERSATION THAT WAS HAD AND MY OLD HIGH SCHOOL COACH IS A CAUCASIAN MAN.

Kerry Martin Jr. via Twitter

Among other things, he also claims Koenning had called him “retarded” for an on field mistake.

IN THE MONTH OF JUNE, 3 WEEKS AFTER WE HAD REPORTED BACK TO CAMPUS FOR SUMMER WORKOUTS, I HAD MY FIRST INCIDENT WITH HIM AFTER A MISTAKE I MADE ON THE FIELD THAT HE CALLED ME RETARDED FOR DOING THE WRONG TECHNIQUE. I HAVE FAMILY MEMBERS THAT ARE ACTUALLY MENTALLY ILL AND FOR HIM TO SAY THAT HURT ME BECAUSE IT WAS AN ACTION WE COULD FIX, ESPECIALLY IN THAT SITUATION BECAUSE I NEVER WAS TAUGHT WHAT TO DO IN THE SITUATION I WAS IN.

Kerry Martin Jr. via Twitter

Martin ended the post with the following message.

NO, COACH VIC ISN’T A BAD PERSON AND HE DOES MEAN WELL IN MANY [DIFFERENT] ASPECTS BUT HIS HEINOUS TOWARDS US OVER RULES THE GOOD THINGS HE HAS DONE AND MANY OF US ARE UNCOMFORTABLE WITH BEING AROUND HIM.

Kerry Martin Jr. via Twitter

A few hours later, Martin Jr. posted the following tweet.

There’s no doubt there will be some sort of fall out from these allegations.

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