USU coach apologizes for sexual-assault comments
LOGAN, Utah — Utah State University football coach Blake Anderson has apologized for comments he made during the summer. The comments were revealed after a lawsuit highlighted secret team recordings about sexual assault.
Coach Blake Anderson apologizes
Coach Anderson made the following statement concerning the comments:
“I appreciate having an opportunity to address comments I made during a conversation with our team during our fall camp because my message to the team to always do the right thing warrants repeating whenever the opportunity presents itself.
“In the course of that conversation, I used a phrase regarding victims of wrongdoing to magnify that message to our team, but after reading my comments in the transcript that was released, I realize my choice of words was hurtful.
“I regret the words I used, and I apologize to anyone who has bravely come forward with allegations of wrongdoing.
“We have to do everything we can to encourage and protect anybody who has been the victim of a wrong, or whose personal rights have been violated. Anyone who knows me knows how strongly I feel about this.
“Giving victims a safe platform to address wrongs they’ve suffered is always the right thing to do, and something I’ll always stand for.”
Coach’s comments in context
The coach’s comments Friday came after a team meeting in August. At that time, according to the university, the football team met with members of the Utah State and Logan police departments.
According to USU, Anderson requested the informal meeting and covered how the Title IX process works as well as services offered by USU’s Sexual Assault and Anti-Violence offices.
The meeting occurred a month after football team players participated in a required Title IX sexual misconduct prevention training.
In an exclusive report by KSL TV, and in recordings KSL TV obtained related to this story, Anderson is reportedly heard saying, “It has never been more glamorized to be a victim.” He reportedly went on to say that the football team is a “target to some.”
Today’s Top Stories
- UPDATED: Utah House overturns Salt Lake, Summit county mask mandates
- UPDATE: Wrong way car crash on Bangerter Highway results in death of 19-year-old
- Police now have persons of interest in Moab double murder case
- FBI says Brian Laundrie took responsibility for Gabby Petito’s murder
- Wordle, the easy online word game that’s easy to love
- BREAKING: Gun in shooting outside Hunter High purchased in Utah in 2013
- UDOH is changing prioritization process for COVID-19 symptom treatments
- “Work on what matters to America,” says Cox in State of the State
- U of U scientists test gel contraceptive for men, hope to ease burden of birth control for women
- Utah senate minority leader Karen Mayne announces she has cancer