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Oregon TE Colt Lyerla apologizes for Sandy Hook conspiracy comments

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Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla apologized Saturday for Twitter comments he made two weeks ago suggesting that the mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary last December was a government conspiracy.

At the time, Lyerla posted on his Twitter page a YouTube video about the government conspiracy and claimed it was aimed at further its anti-assault weapon.

Lyerla didn’t exactly change his opinion Saturday, but did say it was wrong to express it on Twitter.

"Overall, I feel that I made a mistake in getting involved in such a personal matter on such a public platform," Lyerla said. "And I'm apologetic to my teammates and my coaches and the program overall for doing that. But on the same note, I would never want to discourage anyone from having their own opinion or raising questions like that.

"But for me it was a bad idea because of the position I'm in, so like I said I'm apologetic and I'm looking forward to learning from this and moving on with the season."

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Lyerla did receive some support for his theory, but the majority of the comments toward him were negative. Even Oregon released a statement saying it didn’t support Lyerla’s comments as it tried to distance itself from the junior tight end.

"It's something I should've been prepared for but wasn't, obviously," Lyerla said. "But I feel like sometimes those things have to happen if you're going to learn from it, so I'm just trying to look at the silver lining of the situation and I feel like I learned my lesson from that."

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