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Bobby Bowden says boys without dads wear earrings ‘to be like their momma’

  • Legendary FSU coach makes controversial statement on ESPN program
  • Bowden led Seminoles from 1976 till 2009 and won two national titles

Former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden’s trademark candor backfired on Wednesday when he theorized that young players who grew up without fathers wear earrings to be like their mothers.

“My last years at Florida State, 65 or 70% of my boys did not have a daddy at home,” said Bowden in an interview on ESPN’s popular Mike & Mike sports talk radio show. “They were raised by mommas, sweet ol’ mommas. Thank god for them mommas. Or grandmomma. Many times it was grandmomma, or big sister, or aunt. But where’s the man? A boy needs a male figure. And the girls do too. Somebody to discipline them and make them be a man. I used to kid about this, you know, they grow and wanna be like their momma.

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