Columbia Sports Officials Apologize for Player Slurs, ESPN Says

Columbia University’s athletic director and football coach apologized to the school’s student community after players published racist and anti-gay slurs on their Twitter accounts, ESPN reported.

The messages from 10 accounts came two days after defensive lineman Chad Washington was charged with a hate crime following a physical and verbal confrontation with an Asian student, ESPN said.

“Our athletics program is greatly disappointed by the language and sentiment expressed online by a select few Columbia student-athletes,” according to a statement from athletic director M. Dianne Murphy and coach Pete Mangurian. “We are addressing this inexcusable behavior with the individuals involved. We will also address this with each of our 31 varsity teams.”

The deans of Columbia College, the engineering school, the school of general studies and Murphy said they are investigating the incident involving Washington, ESPN said.

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