Posted on January 31, 2023

HBCU Football Coach Apologizes for Recruiting Florida Prospect Who Lost Scholarship Over Racial Slur

Jaz Garner, CBS News, January 29, 2023

The head football coach at Albany State University, a historically black university, issued an apology Friday for extending a scholarship offer to a four-star high school quarterback recruit who lost a previous scholarship over his use of a racial slur.

Last November, a video emerged of quarterback Marcus Stokes, who is White, singing along in a car to a song with lyrics that contained the n-word. The video went viral and prompted a huge social media outcry. Stokes had originally committed to play in his home state at the University of Florida on a scholarship, but the university rescinded that offer {snip}

{snip} “I was in my car listening to rap music, rapping along to the words, and posted a video of it to social media,” Stokes said in a statement, according to CBS Sports. “I deeply apologize for the words in the song which I chose to say.”


{snip} Gray released a lengthy apology on the school’s website, in which he said that “the consequences of my actions brought pain to our university. {snip}