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Colorado State suspends DL coach two weeks for using gay slur

By Chip Patterson | Staff Writer

Colorado State defensive line coach Greg Lupfer has been suspended two weeks without pay because of his gay slur that was caught by ESPN's cameras during the New Mexico Bowl.

The Rams won the game in dramatic fashion, overcoming a 22-point deficit to win 48-45 on a last-second field goal from Jared Roberts. Athletic director Jack Graham will require Lupfer to go through mandatory anger management and diversity training.

Lupfer and and Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday were caught in a verbal exchange after Halliday threw a touchdown pass in the first half of the game.

[GIF via SB Nation]

Lupfer has accepted the consequences and apologized in a prepared statement:

"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. "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."

Discussing the incident after the game, Halliday told reporters after the game that Lupfer had "said some profane things."

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