Georgia has dismissed Adam Sasser from its baseball program after he was investigated for allegedly using a racial slur while attending the UGA football game vs. Tennessee over the weekend.
“University of Georgia senior first baseman Adam Sasser has been dismissed from the Bulldog baseball team, according to Director of Athletics Greg McGarity and head coach Scott Stricklin,” a brief press release from the school read.
After the accusation surfaced, the university announced Monday it had opened an anti-discrimination/anti-harassment investigation of the incident through the school’s Equal Opportunity Office.
“I want to reemphasize that we do not condone discriminatory behavior,” McGarity said in a statement Monday.
Added Stricklin: “I expect every member of our team to behave at all times in a way that upholds the highest standards and values of the University of Georgia, and it is disappointing when that doesn’t happen.”
According to various reports, Sasser, a second team All-SEC selection in 2018, was accused directing racial slurs toward Justin Fields, a freshman quarterback for the Bulldogs football team. A Georgia student who said she heard what Sasser said and reiterated it to Dawg Nation:
in a Twitter message she confirmed to DawgNation that Sasser was the offending party and that he was yelling, ‘put the [N-word] in the game,’ throughout the fourth quarter.”
Georgia football coach Kirby Smart was asked about the situation during his Tuesday press conference. He said he hasn’t spoken with the team about it, but he did pull Fields aside. Smart said, “Justin’s great.”
“If what I read and heard is true, it’s really unacceptable behavior that’s not who we are at Georgia,” Smart said. “We’re trying to build a program on tolerance and mutual respect. You can’t control what other people say, but the expectation is that people that are part of our program and attend our games share the same beliefs that we do.
“It’s sad that something like this would happen. I’m disappointed. But it doesn’t affect our family here, our unit here and our kids have been great. It’s not something I’ve had to address with them. I’ve addressed it with Justin. That’s the most important thing.”
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