The University of Oregon has made a statement regarding the recent tweets by tight end Colt Lyerla involving a Sandy Hook Elementary shooting conspiracy video.
[gn_quote style=”1″]Twitter posts attributed to student-athlete Colt Lyerla concerning the tragedy at Sandy Hook are insensitive and offensive, especially those devastated by the shootings, and we have communicated as much to Colt. Though the University of Oregon Department of Athletics as well as the football program have social media expectations in place for our student-athletes, at times, personal opinions go well beyond what we expect from our students. The University of Oregon and Department of Athletics understand that our young men and women have a great deal of freedom of expression on social media but with that freedom comes responsibility. Our prayers and thoughts continue to be with the families of Sandy Hook.”[/gn_quote]
Lyerla took to social media on Thursday March 21st and posted the controversial video, then began to confront fans who called him out. Lyerla said to one user, “The parents of the kids that supposedly died in the sandy hook situation are liars.” He later deleted that tweet.
Here is the tweet with the video that sparked the controversy