OSU's Gordon Gee Insults Poland; Local Polish React

Standard Polish army battle dress.
  • Standard Polish army battle dress.

As if Ohio State University needed any more bad press, school head honcho Gordan Gee put himself on the wrong end of one nationality group you really don't want to piss off: the Polish.

Gee's comments came during an Q&A at the Columbus Metropolitan Club, according to the Dispatch.

“When we had these 18 colleges all kind of floating around, they were kind of like PT boats, they were shooting each other,” Gee said. “It was kind of like the Polish army or something. I have no idea what it was.”

Some in the audience laughed, prompting Gee to say: “Oh, never mind, who did I embarrass now?” A moment later he said: “I’ll have to raise money for Poland now.”

Outcry was swift, blowing out of the Polish American Congress, a group that claims to represent 10 million Polish American. Not only were they pissed at Gee for bagging on the homeland's military might, but took umbrage at the suggestion Poland needed any help raising money.

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