The University of Georgia is conducting an investigation into allegations of "racially derogatory comments" reportedly made towards freshman quarterback Justin Fields by a baseball player with the program during Saturday's 38-12 win against Tennessee.
"We are aware of a reported incident this weekend involving conduct by one of our student-athletes. While we are limited in what we can say about the incident at this time, I want to reemphasize that we do not condone discriminatory behavior," Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said in a prepared statement sent to media members on Monday. "The University's Equal Opportunity Office thoroughly reviews all reported violations of our Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy to ensure an appropriate response."
While the university has not named any of the student-athletes involved in the investigation, UGASports.com, an affiliate of Rivals, is reporting that the racially derogatory comments are alleged to have been made by Adam Sasser, an all-conference second baseman on the Bulldogs' baseball team. Georgia's response to UGASports.com's inquiry into the matter included a statement from baseball coach Scott Stricklin.
"I expect every member of our team to behave at all times in a way that upholds the highest standards and values of the University of Georgia, and it is disappointing when that doesn't happen," Stricklin said. "While I cannot comment on this matter, we cooperate fully in any investigation involving an alleged violation of University policies."