Christopher Smith

Colorado State Suspends Coach For Gay Slur

Created on Dec. 25, 2013 12:01 PM EST

If you watched the game, you remember the scene: Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday threw an early touchdown in the New Mexico Bowl, then jawed with the Colorado State sideline, Philip Rivers style.

At the time it appeared to be a (mostly) harmless fit of emotion in what became an exciting game late.

But apparently defensive line coach Greg Lupfer uttered a homophobic slur, earning a two-week suspension without pay. Athletic director Jack Graham also will require him to participate in anger management and diversity training.

Colorado State issued an apology attributed to Lupfer on its Twitter account after the game, and Lupfer gave this statement Monday:

"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."

Lupfer also will have "zero tolerance" status going forward, so he'll need to watch his behavior on the sidelines next year.

After the game, Halliday told reporters that the coach had yelled "some profane things" at him on the sideline.

Reached by phone according to The Coloradoan, Graham refused to comment beyond the press release.

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