DENVER (CBS4) – The CSU Rams football team was on top of the world after their comeback win in the New Mexico Bowl, but they are now dealing with some controversy.
One of the assistant coaches is under fire for something he said during the game.
Rams Defensive Line Coach Greg Lupfer was seen in the television broadcast screaming obscenities at Washington State Cougars quarterback Connor Halliday. One of those obsenties is believed to be a derogatory term toward gays.
The incident was caught on camera right after Halliday scored a touchdown early on in the game, and although there was no audio of what he said, his lips showed him using profanities and what’s believed to be the slur.
After the game the coach released the following statement through the Rams’ official Twitter account:
“I am truly sorry for what I said. It was wrong and those words do not represent who I am and what I believe in. I apologize for the embarrassment I caused for Colorado State University, this team & my family.”
Rex Fuller with the GLBT Community Center of Colorado, a gay rights group in Denver, said the comments are offensive but not shocking.
“It’s just unfortunate that thats the first insult that many people think of,” Fuller said. “I don’t think that a lot of people say it thinking that they are saying anything serious, but when you’re on the other end of it it can really be very hurtful.”
Lupfer has been a coach for CSU since March 2012. CSU Athletic Director Jack Graham has reportedly said he will investigate the incident and look into any possible dicpline for the coach.
While the team was losing when Lupfer lashed out, the Rams ended up winning the game with an improbably comeback.
A spokesperson for the athletic department told CBS4 on Sunday they could not comment and weren’t sure when a decision would be made.