Syracuse women's soccer player who used offensive language apologizes

Wednesday September 10th, 2014

The Syracuse women's soccer player who was suspended after she was captured in a video using a homophobic and racial slur has issued an apology.

Hanna Strong sent her apology in an email to The Post-Standard in Syracuse.

"I don't know how to express how truly sorry I am for my actions displayed in the recent online video. The words I chose are equally cruel and hurtful and do not reflect in any way how I view those it may have offended.

"The video does not accurately represent who I am or the person I strive to become. However, I put myself in a situation that resulted in this behavior and I take all the responsibility for my actions.

"To the Black and LGBT Communities, Coach Wheddon, Dr. Gross, both the athletic and academic community that is Syracuse University, and to my family, friends, and all those that have supported me: My sincere regret and apologies."

Athletic director Daryl Gross issued a statement after Strong was suspended. Here is part of the statement: "We are aware of the offensive comments made last night by a member of the women's soccer team. This type of intolerant and hurtful language, focused on both race and sexual orientation, is not part of the culture we seek to foster among our student-athletes and it has no place at Syracuse University."

Strong is a senior midfielder from Monson, Mass. The video was posted on Instagram. 

- Chris Johnson

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