The Colorado state football team has been suspended indefinitely due to allegations of racism and verbal abuse in the program.
On Friday night, CSU released a statement from athletic director Joe Parker.
“Today we learned of extremely disturbing allegations of racism and verbal abuse from the CSU sports administration in general and the football program in particular.
“I have consulted with President (Joyce) McConnell about these new allegations, which obviously concern her deeply as well. Effective immediately, and in the best interests of our student-athletes, I am indefinitely suspending all activities related to the football This includes practice, practice and team meetings.
“I also asked President McConnell to expand the independent investigation she announced on Tuesday to include a full review of our sports department and our football program specifically related to the allegations of racism and verbal abuse. Although we have worked hard to play football this fall, the holistic well-being of our student-athletes is our top priority and we must and will address these allegations before we focus on football.
Colorado reached out to CSU leaders on Friday for talks regarding a newspaper investigation into allegations by several former CSU players and athletic staff who say they witnessed racial insensitivity and emotional abuse. and verbal among coaches and sports administrators.
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McConnell on Thursday hired the law firm Husch Blackwell to conduct an independent investigation into the sports department’s handling of COVID-19 health protocols. This came in response to a report from Colorado in which athletes and CSU staff expressed concern over coronavirus protocols.
The CSU voluntarily stopped summer training on July 29 following an increase in positive tests for COVID-19. The football program had 11 positive tests as of August 3. Another round of 150 coronavirus tests (all CSU athletes, not just football) were conducted on Monday.
The results of these tests have not been shared.
Colorado requested updated COVID-19 test result numbers on Friday, but they were not provided by 6:30 p.m. Friday.
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