AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Big 12 Conference issued a public reprimand to Texas linebacker Breckyn Hager for his “OU sucks” comment following the Longhorns 24-10 win over Iowa State.
According to the Big 12, Hager violated the Sportsmanship and Ethical conduct policy. This was Hager’s second offense which requires a formal apology.
Here’s Hager’s full apology via a UT statement:
“I consider sportsmanship to be an essential part of the game I so truly love. I spoke with our athletics director Chris Del Conte and Coach Herman about what I said after Saturday’s game and understand why it reflected poorly on me and my team. I had no ill intentions when I made my comments about Oklahoma, which included a phrase that’s used by fans, but I have to realize that it’s different coming from me. My thought process was that it would put a fun and light-hearted charge into the greatest rivalry in college football that my family has been involved in playing in for many years, but I can see now that was not the way to do it. I have the utmost respect for the University of Oklahoma and their football program and know a number of players on their team, and I want to apologize to them. I want to represent myself, my family, my football program, my University, and the Big 12 Conference in the best possible way. I’m truly sorry for the comments I made, will learn from this, and will keep working to improve my ability to think about the ramifications of what I say before I say it.”