Colorado State assistant coach suspended for gay slur at WSU's Halliday

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Greg Lupfer, Colorado State defensive-line coach, has been suspended without pay for two weeks for using a gay slur when yelling at Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday during Saturday’s New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque.

Athletic director Jack Graham also ordered Lupfer to undergo anger management and diversity training at his own expense.

ESPN cameras showed Lupfer shouting at Halliday after the quarterback threw the first of his six touchdown passes for the Cougars, who lost the game 48-45.

Lupfer has ties to Washington. He was a linebacker for Walla Walla Community College in 1989 and 1990 and is from Dayton, Columbia County.

In a statement released by the university, Lupfer said, “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.”

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