GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.-- Colorado Mesa University's Assistant Baseball Coach Sean McKinney apologized Thursday afternoon after the school confirmed he made a homophobic comment about killing gay people inside the team’s locker room back in 2014.
In the article in Outsports, CMU alum Tyler Dunnington said while playing college baseball a coach made a remark about killing gay people in Wyoming, referencing the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard back in 1998.
The article did not specify whether this comment was made at CMU, but following the school's investigation CMU confirmed that a comment of that nature was made by Assistant Coach Sean McKinney, who on Thursday made a public apology for this action.
“I want to apologize for the anti-gay comment in 2014. That is not who I am as a person, and I would never intentionally hurt anyone…I talked to Tyler earlier this morning and apologized to him as well," McKinney said at a press conference. "I have always thought of myself as a coach that the players can come for any reason and in this instance I fell short."
"It hurts more on a basis from someone you see on a daily basis like a coach, when you're in the closet and you can't tell them how it affects you," said CMU student Gage Bailey.
Coach McKinney and the university are now looking to change the conversations that happen behind closed locker room doors.
"The more that people stand up, the less it becomes a problem," said CMU student Emmanuel Cisneros.
While CMU said they do not tolerate this behavior, Coach McKinney will not face any serious repercussions with the school, rather he plans to pioneer change within the athletic department working closely with the LGBTQ community to address how athletics as a whole can be more accepting of gay athletes.
“I think the school is going to try to implement change and make this school more accepting than it already is,” said Bailey.