UGA officials investigating alleged racist comment made by baseball player toward football player

ATHENS, Ga. (WJBF) - The University of Georgia's investigators claim that a student-athlete was overheard using racial slurs at last Saturdays' football game against Tennessee.

Multiple media outlets identify that student-athlete as Greenbrier High School graduate Adam Sasser who now plays baseball for the Bulldogs.

He is accused of using the slur while yelling for coaches to put in quarterback Justin Fields, who is black. 

A Facebook post that is gaining attention one student wrote reads; "Today at the game there was a guy sitting near my friends and I, that decided to yell out, put the racial slur in the game."

"We've been raised being told that it's okay to certain people to say this word in certain circumstances and it shouldn't be used at all," explained Alexis Bigden-Hunt.

Bigden-Hunt believes Sasser's alleged comments do not represent the River Region as a whole.

Another Augusta resident believes the university should figure why whoever said it did what they did. 

"I think we should explore why he felt like it was important to say those things, especially in the environment they were in," said Takisha Carrenard. "That needs to be explored on why he felt that way."

In a statement from UGA's head baseball coach, Scott Stricklin says "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's disappointing when that doesn't happen." 

The University's Equal Opportunity Office is heading the investigation.

Georgia's football coach Kirby Smart addressed the situation when he was asked about it in his weekly press conference. 

"We're trying to build a program on tolerance and mutual respect," said Smart. "You can't control what other people say, but the expectation is that people who are part of our program, and attending our games, share the same beliefs that we do. It's sad that something like this would happen". 

Both Carrenard and Bigden-Hunt believe whoever said the comment should get a second chance.

"I don't think you should ruin the kid's life over it," explained Carrenard. "However, if this is an on-going thing; whatever punishment you gave other people, he should have that same punishment."

"I do think he should go through some sort of educational processing to learn what his actions mean, and how they are wrong," said Bigden-Hunt.

The director of athletics Greg McGarity released a statement reading

"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. The university's equal opportunity office reviews all reported violations of our non-discrimination and anti-harassment policy to ensure an appropriate response." 

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