OSU football player caught on video saying racial slurs dismissed from team

Rocco Carley was dismissed from Oregon State football after video arose of him uttering multiple racial slurs.

Posted: Jun 4, 2020 12:09 AM
Updated: Jun 4, 2020 12:59 PM

Corvallis, Ore. -- An Oregon State football player was dismissed after a video arose online of him uttering racial slurs including the n-word. Rocco Carley, a redshirt freshman wide receiver, alleged that the video occurred three years ago, and he was satirizing a southern man and "saying stupid things."

You can find the audio here [VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED FOR PROFANITY AND SENSITIVE LANGUAGE].

After the release of the audio on Twitter, multiple Oregon State players voiced their disbelief, anger and disappointment on Twitter. Cornerback Isaiah Dunn called for Carley's immediate dismissal from the team. Carley shortly thereafter released a statement apologizing for the incident stating: "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."

At 10:53 p.m., roughly two and a half hours after the video initially surfaced, Oregon State head football coach Jonathan Smith dismissed Carley from the team. In his statement confirming the dismissal, Smith stated that he had shared the audio with OSU Athletic Director Scott Barnes and that the two "both agreed this language and attitude is entirely unacceptable, regardless of circumstance or environment." 

Barnes released a statement of his own stating that he and Coach Smith were "both disgusted by the comments made and agreed wholeheartedly that dismissing the student-athlete was the necessary and appropriate action."

"Racism of any kind is unacceptable on the Oregon State campus and within our athletic department," Barnes concluded in his statement, which was sent via social media on Wednesday night.

The University itself also stepped forward with a statement hinting at possible further disciplinary measures. 

"We prohibit discrimination in any form," the OSU statement read. "The comments referred to in this post are not in keeping with the university's commitment to a safe, welcoming and inclusive community. Action will be taken immediately."

Carley played for Kennedy High School before joining the Oregon State football team in 2019. 

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