AUSTIN, Texas — Danny Kaspar, the previous Texas State basketball coach who resigned whereas below investigation for allegations he directed racist taunts at Black gamers, mentioned he holds “solely love in my coronary heart for individuals of all races, colours and creeds” in a resignation letter launched Wednesday by the college.
Kaspar resigned Sept. 22 whereas the college probed allegations raised by a former Bobcats participant who had transferred. In his letter, Kaspar famous he had been a coach for 29 years, the final seven with Texas State, and that almost all of his gamers over his profession have been Black.
“I firmly and fervently deny any suggestion — direct or in any other case — that I’m a racist or harbor any animosity towards anybody stemming from their race. As with all human beings, I acknowledge there could also be room for enchancment, nevertheless, I maintain solely love in my coronary heart for individuals of all races, colours and creeds,” the letter mentioned.
The college launched his resignation letter below a public information request from The Related Press. Parts of the letter have been redacted. The college has requested the state legal professional basic to let it withhold different data associated to the investigation, which has not been launched.
The college investigated after former Bobcats level guard Jaylen Shead posted the allegations on Twitter in June. Shead had transferred to Washington State earlier than the 2019-20 season.
Shead alleged a number of cases of racist language or taunts, together with telling gamers to run quicker in dash drills by telling them to “chase that rooster,” or commenting Shead was “operating just like the cops are behind him” when doing a drill quicker than his teammates.
In different drills, Shead mentioned, Kaspar advised his gamers, “If a brown man with a turban and AK-47 walked in, I wager y’all would run as quick as you can.”
Shead alleged Kaspar advised gamers he would begin utilizing a racial slur for Black individuals if he heard his gamers utilizing it. In one other occasion, Shead wrote, Kaspar met with the gamers after grades have been posted and taunted a number of of them with feedback that they’d find yourself “working at a Popeyes Rooster” or “he’ll be a manger at Hertz.”
Kaspar additionally had gown code and coiffure guidelines and prohibitions that have been focused towards Black athletes, corresponding to not permitting gamers to put on dreadlocks, Shead wrote.
“The Division of Athletics is dedicated to strengthening our college tradition that values and helps range, fairness and inclusion for our student-athletes, workers, and group,” Texas State athletic director Larry Teis mentioned when the investigation was introduced.