This comes after the state of Colorado announced earlier this week that it had launched an investigation into its athletics department after a report alleging that players were told not to report symptoms of Covid-19 or would see reduced time for game.
“The University of Colorado is committed to being an anti-racist university and we will not tolerate behaviors or climates that run counter to this core value. In addition, CSU Athletics is committed to the health and well-being of student-athletes above all other priorities.”
Parker’s statement said the break included all practice, training and team meetings. The statement also said it had asked university President Joyce McConnell to expand an independent investigation announced earlier in the week to include a comprehensive review of the athletics department and football program regarding allegations of racism and verbal abuse.
“As we work hard this fall to play football, the holistic well-being of our student-athletes is our unequivocal top priority,” Parker said. “We have to and will deal with these allegations before we focus on football.”
On Tuesday, the state of Colorado announced that it had launched an investigation into its athletics department after a report alleging that players had been told not to report symptoms of Covid-19, or that they would see reduced playing time.
“I tell you now that for me or for the HSS, nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our students. Nothing. They are our goal and our responsibility, every one of them, regardless of the sport they play or the main one they declare. “
The investigation is being led by McConnell’s office.
The Colorado report cites statements from numerous anonymous sources in the department. A current Rams player told the newspaper: “I believe that there is a cover-up at CSU … It’s not about the health and safety of the players, it’s just about trying to make money from the players.”
Players dispute coronavirus claims
Several Rams players disputed the allegations in a social media report on Tuesday.
“We want every student-athlete to have the confidence that we are taking all possible measures to ensure their safety. We will continue to work with the training staff, the athletics department and the university to evaluate and implement all the additional steps needed to achieve our goals. high standards. “
The state of Colorado is scheduled to open its season at home on September 19 against Northern Colorado.