FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP/CBS4) – Colorado State defensive line coach Greg Lupfer has been suspended without pay for two weeks for using a gay slur when yelling at Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday in the New Mexico Bowl over the weekend.
Athletic director Jack Graham also ordered Lupfer to undergo anger management and diversity training at his own expense.
Lupfer issued a statement saying he was grateful to keep his job on Jim McElwain’s staff and said “I am deeply sorry for my behavior, which does not represent who I am or my values.”
Lupfer got into a verbal altercation with the Cougars’ QB after his first TD throw. His slur was caught on ESPN cameras and marred the Rams’ comeback from a 22-point deficit for a last-second 48-45 win to kick off the bowl season.
Rex Fuller is with the GLBT Community Center of Colorado.
“I really wish that would be the true outcome of this is that people would learn to think before they speak because these words really can be hurtful,” said Fuller.
The university released a statement Monday from Lupfer that says, “I was angry and careless with my words and my words hurt many people.”
He went on to say, “I sincerely apologize to the GLBTQ community for causing pain by using a slur without considering its meaning.”
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