Texas Wesleyan University baseball coach and former Major League pitcher Mike Jeffcoat does not want recruits from Colorado because, as he explained to one prospect, players from the state 'have had trouble passing our drug test.'
The Houston Chronicle has confirmed the veracity of the email sent to Cherokee Trail High School senior outfielder Gavin Bell. Texas Wesleyan vice president John Veilleux told the paper that the school is 'definitely aware' of its existence.
Bell initially reached out to Jeffcoat to inquire about the Texas Wesleyan baseball program.
'Thanks for the interest in our program,' Jeffcoat wrote in an email response that has since gone viral on Twitter. 'Unfortunately, we are not recruiting players from the state of Colorado. In the past, players have had trouble passing our drug test. We have made a decision to not take a chance on student-athletes from your state. You can thank your liberal politicians. Best of luck wherever you decide to play.'
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Texas Wesleyan University baseball coach and former Major League pitcher Mike Jeffcoat (left) does not want players from Colorado as he explained in his email to Gavin Bell (right)
Cherokee Trail High School player Gavin Bell was shocked by Jeffcoat's response to his email
'I'm just a high school student looking to play baseball somewhere,' Bell told Denver's ABC affiliate. 'I'm a good student athlete. I am just sad he couldn't take a chance on me.'