Outrage as shocking Mark Taylor audio emerges about football coach spouting obscene ‘racist swear words’ about Georgia city
A FOOTBALL coach has sparked outrage after clips of him allegedly spouting racial slurs while driving through a city went viral.
Personal trainer Mark Taylor yelled at a black woman in Atlanta that someone was going to hang her from a tree, local media reports.
“Not a white man in sight. Homeless people on the street,” one man is heard saying in the videos posted to Facebook.
CBS affiliate WMAZ and other local media are reporting that the videos feature Mark Taylor, and the clips have prompted an outcry from parents of children he has coached and central Georgia’s NAACP leaders.
“Every restaurant that looks here is black. Every car next to me is black. You can have Atlanta,” says the man in the video.
Taylor, a Macon resident who runs Speed Edge Sports, is known for helping children as young as eight compete in sports programs at the highest level, according to WMAZ.
He claims on his website to have coached over 60 athletes at D1 schools and 16 in the NFL. Videos on his website show him working with many young black athletes.
The site claims that Taylor is a former Georgia Bulldog football player who has ties to SEC coaches like Kirby Smart and Nick Saban.
On April 10, a clip of the racist tirade from Lauren Angelica Law, a self-proclaimed civil rights activist who lives in Atlanta, was shared.
In the video, the man points his camera at a black woman and says a derogatory term to her and that she could be “hanging from a tree.”
Another clip appears to show him in a hotel room mimicking a conversation asking for room service.
“I need you all, N******, to get me some chicken wings, two hoes.
The videos have sparked a movement among parents who say it is unsafe for Taylor to be around children.
“He shouldn’t be around children,” mom Karen Buckman told WMAZ.
“He shouldn’t have the privilege of being with an athlete. Our parents need to know what they are getting themselves into.”
Buckman said her son trained with Taylor for three years.
“You don’t have to be a parent of a black child or a person of color to be horrified or to think this is horrible,” Buckman said.
Taylor was a Houston County teacher until 2007, the Houston County Board of Education confirmed.
He pleaded guilty to a felony charge of tampering with a witness, local news outlets report.
“When he was going through a tough time and went to prison, he came back to our community to train. We supported him,” Buckman said.
“That he bites the hand that feeds him adds a brick to this complicated and sickening situation.”
The board of directors of Central Fellowship Christian Academy, which Taylor has rented out part of its facility for training, said in a statement: “We are shocked by the recent videos of Mark Taylor that have been circulating on social media.
“We don’t give room to racism. With these words people have associated Mark Taylor with our ministry and that is a mistake. He is neither an associate of Central Fellowship Christian Academy nor a member of Central Fellowship Baptist Church.
“He rented part of our facility to train athletes who usually come from schools in our area. That is why our address is listed as the business address for his training company.
“This relationship has been terminated with immediate effect.”
Taylor has not responded to requests for comment from The US Sun and other publications.
NAACP leaders plan to address the videos at an 11 a.m. press conference Thursday.