An Oregon State tight end was booted from the crew Wednesday after audio of a racist rant surfaced.
Beavers coach Jonathan Smith introduced redshirt freshman Rocco Carley had been kicked off the crew. Carley wrote an apology on Twitter and claimed the audio was from three years ago.
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“To my family, my community and everyone I have associated with, I am sorry,” he wrote. “This video was taken about 3 years ago in a groupchat the place me and my mates had been saying silly issues. This doesn’t condone something of what I’ve mentioned, however I promise you all that this video doesn’t characterize me. I used to be doing an accent of a southern man and giving a really satire instance of what all of us thought could be humorous. That is no means form or type makes what I mentioned proper.
“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. To all of my brothers, teammates and everyone of color that I have associated with, I hope that you know me well enough to know I am in no way shape or form a racist. Again I apologize, and I could not be more ashamed of my actions.”
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Smith appeared to have acted swiftly in his choice to dismiss Carley from the crew.
“I became aware of the comments made by Rocco Carley earlier this evening. I immediately shared the audio with [athletic director] Scott Barnes,” Smith wrote in an announcement on Twitter. “We both agreed this language and attitude is entirely unacceptable, regardless of circumstance or environment. I spoke with Rocco and dismissed him from the team. I will not tolerate racism or hate speech.”
The audio surfaced late Wednesday evening. Carley appeared to make use of insensitive and racist language to explain African People, homosexuals and Muslims.
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Carley performed highschool soccer at Kennedy Excessive College in Mt. Angel earlier than becoming a member of Oregon State, in line with the Salem Statesman Journal.