Georgia kicks baseball player off team after alleged racial slurs

Georgia baseball player Adam Sasser hit .317 last season. (Photo by David Barnes / Special to the AJC)
Georgia baseball player Adam Sasser hit .317 last season. (Photo by David Barnes / Special to the AJC)

On Wednesday, Georgia announced that first baseman Adam Sasser has been dismissed from the baseball team after he was investigated for allegedly making slurs during the football game on Saturday in Athens.

The slurs were allegedly directed at Georgia quarterback Justin Fields during the home game against Tennessee.

The university released a one-sentence statement: University of Georgia senior first baseman Adam Sasser has been dismissed from the Bulldog baseball team.

Sasser posted an apology on social media following the announcement of his dismissal with a tweet that began “Thank you #BulldawgNation and I’m sorry.”

His text read: “First and foremost, I want to apologize for my actions at the football game on Saturday. I totally understand why my actions were offensive and I’m deeply sorry for any pain or distress this has caused anyone. Secondly, I want to apologize to the University of Georgia, my teammates and my coaches for the past 3 years and say that I am extremely sorry that I put you all in this position and wish nothing but the best for everyone. Lastly, I would like to thank my parents, extended family and too many friends to count for your love and constant support my whole life but especially during these past few days. I deeply regret disappointing each of you and will do everything in my power to never disappoint any of you again.”

In a another post, Sasser wrote he reached out to Fields and “we are on good terms!”

Two of the three women who voiced complaints to UGA over the racist remarks they claim they heard from Sasser said they’re satisfied with the actions taken by the athletic department on Wednesday.

“I did not expect this outcome, but I’m happy something was done,” said Africa Buggs, a junior from Milwaukee who filed a complaint with UGA’s Equal Opportunity Office. “I just hope this serves as a warning to other people that your actions have consequences no matter who you are.”

“I’m kind of in shock right now, to be honest,” said Klarissa Gulebian, whose Facebook post Saturday night first brought attention to the incident. “I wasn’t sure what was going to come from this. At the least I expected a suspension, but I am glad that there was some action taken.”

Georgia officials declined comment beyond the announcement and the statements Athletics Director Greg McGarity and baseball coach Scott Stricklin made Monday.

Last season, Sasser was one of Georgia’s top hitters. He batted .317 with 10 home runs and 44 RBIs. He was named second-team All-SEC.

Chip Towers, Connor Riley and Mike Griffith of Dawgnation contributed to this article.