Carley dismissed from OSU football team after racist audio surfaces
Oregon State University redshirt freshman and former Kennedy High School football player Rocco Carley was kicked off the Beavers football team Thursday after audio surfaced of the tight end making racist and homophobic comments.
The audio recording was posted on Twitter Wednesday evening, with Carley adopting a mock Southern accent and saying derogatory comments about African Americans, Muslims and homosexuals.
Carley issued an apology shortly after claiming the recording was from three years ago from a private chat in which he and friends were "saying stupid things" and "giving a very satire example of what we all thought would be funny."
"This in no way shape or form makes what I said right," Carley wrote on Thursday. "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."
The recording drew swift condemnation from Carley's teammates and head coach Jonathan Smith, who issued a statement saying he had spoken with OSU Athletic Director Scott Barnes before dismissing Carley from the team. Carley's name was immediately deleted from the Beavers' roster on the team's web page.
"We both agreed this language and attitude is entirely unacceptable, regardless of circumstance or environment," Smith wrote. "I spoke with Rocco and dismissed him from the team. I will not tolerate racism or hate speech."
Carley's Twitter account has since been deleted. His full statement reads:
"To my family, my community, and everyone I have associated with, I am sorry. This video was taken about 3 years ago in a groupchat where me and my friends were saying stupid things. This does not condone anything of what I have said, but I promise to you all that this video does not represent me. I was doing an accent of a Southern man and giving a very satire example of what we all thought would be funny. This in no way shape or form makes what I said right. 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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