A Colorado State University assistant football coach has been suspended for two weeks without pay after being caught using an anti-gay slur on camera during the Gildan New Mexico Bowl last weekend.
Lupfer, CSU's defensive line coach, reportedly called the quarterback of the opposing team, Connor Halliday, a "f*cking faggot" after he threw a touchdown pass during the first half of the game, according to the Coloradan. In addition to being suspended without pay, the coach will have to undergo both anger management and diversity training sessions at his own expense, ESPN noted.
"I accept these consequences -- two weeks without pay and the training programs -- and I am thankful for this second chance to continue coaching at Colorado State and be a part of the Ram Family," Lupfer said in a statement as cited by CBS Sports. "I am deeply sorry for my behavior, which does not represent who I am or my values. I embrace the opportunity to participate in anger management and diversity sensitivity training. I was angry and careless with my words, and my words hurt many people. I sincerely apologize to the GLBTQ community for causing pain by using a slur without considering its meaning. I take ownership of my words and fully understand why people are very upset."
After last week's Gildan New Mexico Bowl, Halliday reportedly told the Associated Press that Lupfer had "grabbed me and said some profane things to me."
This isn't the first time the coach of a sporting organization has been suspended for making anti-gay remarks. In February of this year, high school psychology teacher and basketball coach Bob Grisham faced a 10-day suspension after he reportedly claimed "what [gays] do is wrong and an abomination against God," in addition to making derogatory statements about the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.
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