Oregon State has dismissed redshirt freshman tight end Rocco Carley after an audio recording from three years ago emerged of a racist, hate-filled and offensive rant in which Carley used derogatory language toward African-Americans, homosexuals and Muslims. Beavers coach Jonathan Smith announced Carley's dismissal Thursday morning in a statement.
"I became aware of the comments made by Rocco Carley earlier this evening. I immediately shared the audio with [athletic director] Scott Barnes. We both agreed this language and attitude is entirely unacceptable, regardless of circumstances or environment. I spoke with Rocco and dismissed him from the team. I will not tolerate racism or hate speech," Smith said.
"Coach Smith informed me of comments made by one of our football student-athletes," athletic director Scott Barnes said. "We are both disgusted by the comments made, and agreed wholeheartedly that dismissing the student-athlete from the team is necessary and appropriate action. Racism of any kind is unacceptable on the Oregon State campus and within our athletic department."
Carley also released a statement Thursday morning: "To may family, my community, and everyone I have associated with, I am sorry. 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.
"This is 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."
Protesters across the United States have taken to the streets during the past 10 days to demand justice, an end to police brutality and racial equality after George Floyd was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis over Memorial Day weekend. Former officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder, and the other three ex-officers on the scene have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.
Carley is a 6-foot-6, 236-pound tight end from Mt. Angel, Oregon. His bio has already been removed from Oregon State's official website.