Utah suspends DC Scalley for texting racial slur

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Utah has suspended defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley and launched an exterior investigation regarding a 2013 textual content message he despatched that included a racial slur, Utes athletics director Mark Harlan introduced Friday on social media.

Harlan mentioned that he was made conscious of the textual content message Wednesday and that he had spoken to Scalley, who “could be very contrite and acknowledged that the textual content was despatched and that it did embrace a derogatory and painful phrase.”

“In 2013 I made a horrible mistake,” Scalley mentioned in a press release launched by the college. “I used a racial slur in a textual content message. This language is offensive and hurtful to not solely the African-American neighborhood, however to all. Instantly after sending it, I apologized to the recipient and his household. I’m additionally heartbroken over the potential breach of belief with my fellow coaches, and with the younger males in our program, each previous and current.”

Harlan mentioned that he consulted with Utah president Ruth Watkins and that an out of doors regulation agency will conduct a evaluation to “search additional particulars and decide whether or not this was an remoted incident.”

“Using any type of racist language just isn’t solely antithetical to our insurance policies and our values, however it’s an affront to all of us, particularly our African-American neighborhood members,” Harlan mentioned within the assertion. “Whereas the evaluation of this matter is being performed, I’ve positioned Morgan on suspension successfully instantly.”

Former Utah cornerback Ryan Lacy mentioned later Friday on Twitter that Scalley directed a racial slur at him.

Utes coach Kyle Whittingham mentioned he was “disenchanted and shocked” to be taught in regards to the textual content message.

“I take very critically the damage, ache and anger felt by African-People, and the facility of phrases to inflict or deepen that ache,” Whittingham mentioned within the assertion. “Though this incident is inconsistent with the character and conduct of the particular person I’ve recognized and labored carefully with for greater than 20 years, Morgan’s use of racist language is a really severe matter and I’m supportive of the suspension whereas a extra thorough exterior evaluation is performed.”

Scalley, a former All-American security for the Utes, has labored the earlier 12 seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, together with the previous 4 as defensive coordinator. He additionally coaches safeties and served as this system’s recruiting coordinator from 2009 to ’15.

He was a finalist for the Broyles Award, which honors the highest assistant coach in school soccer, in 2019, after the Utes ranked second within the FBS in whole protection, giving up solely 269.2 yards per sport, and sixth in scoring protection, with 15 factors per sport.

Scalley performed for the Utes from 2001 to ’04 and was the 2004 Mountain West co-Defensive Participant of the Yr after he helped lead Utah to a 12-Zero file and a Fiesta Bowl victory over Pittsburgh. The Utes had been the primary non-BCS group to play in a BCS bowl sport.

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