In news that made many stop in their tracks, a series of Colorado State allegations led to the school halting all football activities. According to numerous reports, this comes after racism and verbal abuse allegations.
It’s worth noting that this comes only a few weeks after a different set of investigations happened, involving the allegations that players were told to without COVID-19 symptom information. If they did report it, they would allegedly see reduced playing time.
“Today, we learned of some extremely troubling allegations of racism and verbal abuse from CSU’s athletic administration generally and in the football program specifically,” athletics director Joe Parker said in a statement Friday.
“Colorado State University is committed to being an anti-racist university, and we will not tolerate any behavior or climate that goes against that core value. Moreover, CSU Athletics is committed to the health and well-being of student-athletes above all other priorities, and this includes their mental health. We believe it is our responsibility to make sure that all student-athletes feel welcomed and valued as members of an inclusive athletics community.”
While football is on indefinite hold, Parker did not rule out its return; though he appears emphatic that the well-being of the student-athletes are at the forefront of pretty much everything moving forward.
“While we have been working hard towards playing football this fall, the holistic well-being of our student-athletes is our unequivocal top priority,” Parker said. “We must and will address these allegations before we focus on playing football.”
Colorado State football is not a huge deal to most of the nation; although that doesn’t change the importance of what’s happening within this specific bubble. We will keep you posted when more information becomes available. Hopefully the Colorado State allegations stop mounting, and answers begin to pileup instead.
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