EUGENE – UC Irvine Trainer Russell Turner apologized for referring to Oregon's Louis King as "Queen" on Sunday's second round of NCAA Tournament in San Jose, California.
"I would like to address my comments after the game," said the gymnast in a statement published by uc irvine Monday. "I acknowledge that my actions were inappropriate and insensitive. I share UC Irvin's belief that inclusivity and diversity are important values and I apologize for not understanding that my actions during the game otherwise suggested.
" I respect Oregon men's basketball program, its student athletes, and its coach. Since the match is over, I have spoken to Louis, his parents and to Oregon's head coach Dana Altman. They have graciously accepted my explanation and apology.
"I take seriously my responsibility as a campus and community leader, and I regret that my actions during the Oregon game did not meet the standard of leadership I should consistently suspend. For that I apologize to the UC Irvine community, including student athletes and Coaches in our men's basketball program When student athletes on our team make mistakes, I expect them to take responsibility and learn from their mistakes in order to improve themselves. and I will learn from this situation to be a more thoughtful coach and competitor. "
After Sunday's game, which Oregon won 73-54, Turner said he was trying to annoy king with his remarks, but also insisted that they were out of respect and an analogy with chess.
Oregon acknowledged Turner contacted King and his family and Oregon staff on Monday.
"Coach Turner reached out today to express his apology to Louis and the royal family, as well as the employees and the program in game comments," the school wrote via Twitter. "He reiterated that they were not supposed to offend. All parties accepted the excuse and moved past the problem."