footballs CHARLOTTE, NC – SEPTEMBER 03: A general view of footballs on the ground prior to kickoff between the East Carolina Pirates and South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 3, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Last week, former Tennessee Volunteers football coach Jeremy Pruitt was given a six-year show-cause penalty for his part in a massive recruiting scandal that included 18 of the NCAA’s highest-level violations and 200 individual infractions. And he had a pretty wild defense for his actions that has just been revealed.

Jeremy Pruitt was found to have given a player’s mother $300 in a Chick-Fil-A bag. And in the case filings from the NCAA investigation, Pruitt used racial inequity and the high-profile killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor to defend his actions.

“Then you throw in George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, okay, so you sit there as a white man and you see all of this going on and you can see these kids suffering,” Pruitt said in the filings, according to the Knoxville New Sentinel. “… (It’s) pitiful when you sit in a room and you hear grown men, and I’m talking about our coaches too, when they talk about growing up and the circumstances that they’ve been under, because it’s hard for a white man to understand, right.”

It’s a pretty wild defense, and it led to plenty of reactions on social media.

It’s safe to say that the wild defense did not work for Pruitt.

[Knoxville News Sentinal]