Colorado State football enjoyed a rare moment in the national spotlight this past weekend for one good reason and one bad reason. The good reason was a remarkable comeback that saw them force two fumbles and score 18 points in the final two minutes to pull off a 48-45 victory over the Washington State Cougars in the New Mexico Bowl.
The bad reason was the exchange between assistant coach Greg Lupfer and WSU quarterback Connor Halliday early in the contest. Lupfer was caught on camera directing a homophobic slur in Halliday’s direction. CSU promised to investigate the incident, and on Monday they announced that Lupfer will be suspended for two weeks.
Lupfer issued the following statement (via the Denver Post):
“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…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.”
This serves as yet another reminder that when it comes to nationally covered sporting events, you better believe that each and every word and action will be on camera and ready to go viral.