Late Thursday night, a recording surfaced on Twitter of Oregon State tight end Rocco Carley making disturbing racist remarks.
After hearing the recording, Oregon State head coach Jonathan Smith called Oregon State Athletic Director Scott Barnes and the two discussed what further course of action was needed and agreed upon.
That same night, Smith told Carley that he had been released from the team.
Carley released this statement on Twitter Thursday night:
The 6-foot-6, 236-pound tight end from Mt. Angel, Oregon was about to enter his second season at Oregon State.
Some of his teammates responded on social media:
I see a JUSTIFICATION not an apology. I’m not hearing it bro, and I truly pray that God removes all that hate from your heart. I pray that God gives you the ability educate yourself about racism and not simply say “I am in no way shape or form a racist” God bless you @RoccoCarley https://t.co/APxJxfRY1j— Jaydon Grant (@JaydonGrant) June 4, 2020
Lmao @RoccoCarley where was all this talking out your neck around me and the rest of yo teammates? You wouldn’t dare in front of NOBODY BLACK. Please don’t come back around me with that shit. https://t.co/LK6g9aVS2o— Champ (@mwachamp) June 4, 2020
Many on social media also praised head coach Jonathan Smith for acting quickly and making the decision to release Carley from the team, including a couple of Oregon Ducks:
Fast motion. Respect. https://t.co/6uVKpozjey— Nick Pickett (@NLMBNICC) June 4, 2020
Say what you will about the Beavs on the field product, but Jonathan Smith has shown some exemplary leadership lately— Dame from Bend 🦠⚫️🐍 (@jbritts) June 4, 2020
Reminder this was Jonathan Smith’s statement a few days ago. https://t.co/9frqdAGRkR— Brandon Kamerman (@B_Kamerman) June 4, 2020