Antoine Carr, who has his number retired at Wichita State and is considered one of the best players in Shockers history, believes Gregg Marshall should have coached his last game.
“If everything is true, it’s kind of obvious,” said Carr, who starred at Wichita State from 1979-83 and spent more than 15 seasons in the NBA. “He should be done. You can’t put your hands on people, and you can’t make racist comments.”
Carr, 59, said he was surprised when hearing and reading the allegations uncovered by Stadium and The Athletic nearly two weeks ago, including one that Marshall punched Shaq Morris during a practice in October of 2015. There were also allegations that Marshall choked an assistant coach and told a Native American player to “get back on his horse.”
“That doesn’t sound like the Gregg Marshall that I’d been around,” said Carr, who also told Stadium that he has a casual friendship with Marshall. “But if he’s doing that, it’s not right. We need to do something.”
Carr was on some of Wichita State’s most successful teams. He was on the 1981 squad that went to the Elite Eight and also led the 1982 and ’83 teams, which also included Xavier McDaniel and Cliff Levingston, in scoring.
“Obviously, I won’t stand for anything racist,” Carr added regarding allegations Marshall made racist comments to players. “I fought my whole life in Kansas. It’s not something you do.”
Carr, who lives in San Antonio now, said he hasn’t spoken to Marshall since the stories were released, but said the pair has a good relationship and that Marshall has brought him in several times to speak to his team over the years.
With the internal investigation nearing an end, Carr isn’t sure what will happen with Marshall.
“It’s a tough one,” he said. “In Wichita, Kansas, anything can happen – especially with the political situation the way it is.”