UNO graduate unsuccessfully urges termination of Ron Brown’s Husker contract

UNO graduate unsuccessfully urges termination of Ron Brown’s Husker contract
Ron Brown was an assistant coach at Nebraska from 1987-2003 and again from 2008-14. (MARK DAVIS/THE WORLD-HERALD)

LINCOLN — An Omaha man told the University of Nebraska Board of Regents that Ron Brown’s contract with the Huskers should be terminated for past negative comments toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The man, Matthew Vondrasek, said Friday that Brown has used his public position in the past to “demean, degrade and humiliate” the LGBT community and shouldn’t be allowed to work at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Vondrasek is a recent graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He will go to the University of Colorado’s law school in the fall, he said.

Brown was a longtime Husker football assistant. He spent 24 years with the team between 1987 and 2014. He recently returned as director of player development under new coach Scott Frost.

Six years ago, Brown argued against an Omaha ordinance that gave members of the LGBT community the right to file a complaint if they had been discriminated against.

Regents and administrators didn’t respond Friday to Vondrasek.

The UNL Athletic Department couldn’t be reached Friday evening. Administrators previously said Brown was  regarded as a great mentor to student-athletes.

Frost has said there will be no discrimination in the program, which he said will be “open and comfortable for everybody.”

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