Sun, 05 Jul 2020

Oregon State dismisses TE Carley for racist language

Field Level Media
05 Jun 2020, 03:19 GMT+10

Oregon State removed redshirt freshman tight end Rocco Carley from the football team after an audio recording of him using racist and other derogatory language was uncovered.

Head coach Jonathan Smith announced Carley's dismissal Wednesday night on Twitter. He made the decision after speaking with athletic director Scott Barnes.

"We both agreed this language and attitude is entirely unacceptable, regardless of circumstance or environment," Smith said in a statement posted to Twitter. "I spoke with Rocco and dismissed him from the team. I will not tolerate racism or hate speech."

The Salem (Ore.) Statesman Journal said that in the recording, Carley could be heard using language that degraded African Americans, Muslims and homosexuals.

"Coach Smith informed me of comments made by one of our football student-athletes," Barnes said in a statement released by the school. "We are both disgusted by the comments made, and agreed wholeheartedly that dismissing the student-athlete from the team is necessary and appropriate action."

On Twitter, Carley acknowledged he made those statements in high school.

"This video was taken about 3 years ago in a groupchat where me and my friends were saying stupid things," Carley said. "This does not condone anything of what I have said, but I promise to you all that this video does not represent me. I was doing an accent of a southern man and giving a very satire example of what we all thought would be funny.

"This is no way shape or form makes what I said right. I am truthfully sorry to everyone I have hurt and offended, and I understand that I have not represented me or my family in any positive way during this situation."

He said he "could not be more ashamed of my actions."

Carley's father, Josh, played football for the Beavers from 1993-95. He died in 2009.

--Field Level Media

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