Colorado State assistant Greg Lupfer suspended after using gay slur in bowl game
Colorado State has suspended defensive line coach Greg Lupfer two weeks without pay after directing a slur at Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday during Saturday’s New Mexico Bowl, the school announced Monday.
The Denver Post‘s John Henderson reported Lupfer will also undergo mandatory anger management and diversity training.
Lupfer released a prepared statement through the school:
“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. “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.”
The incident occurred in the first quarter of the New Mexico Bowl, when Halliday threw a touchdown pass and appeared to say something in Lupfer’s direction. Lupfer responded with a slur that was caught on television cameras.
Lupfer offered an apology in a statement issued through the football program’s Twitter account Saturday night:
“I am truly sorry for what I said. It was wrong and those words to not represent who I am and what I believe in. I apologize for the embarrassment I caused Colorado State University, this team & my family.”
Colorado State came back from a 22-point deficit to win, 48-45, on a last-second field goal.