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Colorado State assistant suspended following gay slur in New Mexico Bowl

Colorado State defensive line coach Greg Lupfer was suspended without pay for two weeks Monday for his behavior during the Rams’ 48-45 victory over Washington State in the New Mexico Bowl on Saturday.

Colorado State assistant Greg Lupfer has been suspended for two weeks after making a gay slur at Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday during the New Mexico Bowl. (Photo: Roberto E. Rosales, Albuquerque Journal)Lupfer was caught on camera cussing and making what appeared to be a gay slur at WSU quarterback Connor Halliday.

During the first quarter, Halliday was near the CSU sideline after throwing a 25-yard touchdown pass, and Halliday appeared to say something to Lupfer.

Lupfer responded with what television replays showed to be profanity and a gay slur.

The Cougs quarterback continued moving toward Lupfer, bumping into him, and Colorado State strength coach Rashad Harris had to physically keep Halliday away from Lupfer, who had turned away.

The incident was caught clearly be television cameras and went viral by halftime. (VIDEO of the incident via Deadspin.)

Lupfer’s sanctions included the suspension, and mandatory anger management and diversity training to be approved by the department of athletics and paid by Lupfer, according to a CSU news release late Monday. He will also receive a letter of reprimand and be put on a zero-tolerance status by the university.

“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. “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.”

Photo: Roberto E. Rosales, Albuquerque Journal

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