Utes suspends DC Scalley after 2013 racial slur

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to KSL 5 TV, Utah Utes defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley has been suspended for a past incident. He allegedly used a racial slur in a text exchange in 2013.

At this time, he appears to be still employed by the University. The school is looking into the matter with an independent firm.

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“On Wednesday night, I was made aware of a social media post that referenced a 2013 text message that included racist language, sent by our football program’s defensive coordinator, Morgan Scalley,” Utah Utes Director of Athletics Mark Harlan said. “I initiated conversations with our campus partners, including President Watkins, and we agreed to have an outside firm review this matter, to seek further details and determine whether this was an isolated incident.

“Coach Scalley and I have spoken. He is very contrite and acknowledged that the text was sent and that it did include a derogatory and painful word. The use of any form of racist language is not only antithetical to our policies and our values, but it is an affront to all of us, especially our African-American community members. While the review of this matter is being conducted, I have placed Morgan on suspension effective immediately.”

Scalley has been employed by his alma mater for the last 13 seasons. The 2020 season if he’s still employed when the season begins will be his fifth as defensive coordinator.

He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 2004. And then in 2006, he graduated with his Master’s degree.

“In 2013 I made a terrible mistake,” Scalley said. “I used a racial slur in a text message. This language is offensive and hurtful to not only the African-American community, but to all. Immediately after sending it, I apologized to the recipient and his family. I am also heartbroken over the potential breach of trust with my fellow coaches, and with the young men in our program, both past and present.”

“I am truly sorry, and I own up to the hurtful effects of my choice. Through my actions and words going forward, I will demonstrate that my use of that slur in 2013 does not reflect or define who I am or what I stand for. My action is indefensible and I will use my voice and position to bring about meaningful and much-needed change. I accept the University’s suspension, and will use it as a time to reflect on my insensitive comment from 2013 and how I intend to listen and grow from this situation. I am completely against racism, and this will never happen again.”

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