“I am pausing all football-related activities indefinitely”: CSU reponds to allegations of racism in program

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Responding to allegations of verbal abuse and racism from administration, some within the football program at Colorado State University, Althetic Director Joe Parker announced Friday he was acting to “[pause] all football-related activities indefinitely.”

“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,” Parker wrote in a statement released Friday evening.

Parker said he had consulted with President Joyce McConnell and asked her to expand an investigation she’d announced earlier in the week, “to include a comprehensive review of our athletic department and football program specifically related to allegations of racism and verbal abuse.”

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According to the school’s website, Parker has served as Colorado State’s Director of Athletics since his appointment to the position in March of 2015.

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