As long as CSU's Greg Lupfer is using slurs, we might as well call him a Schmuck
Colorado State University's football team beat the Washington State Cougars in thrilling fashion last weekend, coming from behind to win 48-45 in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl -- the first bowl game that the Rams have played in since 2008. And the highlights made all the national sports broadcasts -- but there were also some lowlights. Along with the clips of the winning plays, news outlets showed CSU assistant coach Greg Lupfer mouthing what appeared to be an anti-gay slur at an opposing player.
And in fact, it was confirmed later that Lupfer, CSU's defensive line coach, had called Cougars quarterback Connor Halliday a "fucking faggot" (or, as the Fort Collins Coloradoan helpfully reported, a "f------ f----t") during a sidelines confrontation shortly after Halliday threw for a touchdown early in the game.
As a result, CSU suspended Lupfer for two weeks without pay and is requiring him to undergo anger management classes and diversity training.
"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 to CBS Sports.
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"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."
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