“I feel ashamed by my actions that have caused tremendous hurt and pain, especially to those in the AAPI community, and I truly do apologize,” Jarett wrote in a statement that was posted on his Twitter and Instagram accounts. “I did not mean any hate or harm towards anyone. I cannot change the mistake that I made, but I control what I do and say in the future and this is an opportunity for growth.”
AAPI is the acronym used by the federal government to describe “all people of Asian, Asian American or Pacific Islander ancestry who trace their origins to the countries, states, jurisdictions and/or the diasporic communities of these geographic regions.”
UGA has not commented on the incident.
Jarrett is a 6-foot-5, 350-pound defensive lineman who graduated from high school in December and was one of 18 early enrollees in Georgia’s recruiting class of 2023. A high school All-American, Jarrett was deemed as a 4-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite rankings.