“I’m not lying” – Denver Post

CSU Rams football players stick to their coaches. Anthony Hill says he is sticking to his story.

“People are walking around, as is going on there, but there is a fire when there is smoke,” he told The Post on Saturday, as people may try to pretend. “The people inside know. And I got it. I understand the players’ position on this because they want to play. ”

Hill responded to a CSU players statement released on Saturday that he indirectly accused himself of having an “ax to grind” after he revealed himself and athletic director Joe Parker in an ESPN report Friday. .

Saturday was the latest salvo in what he / she said has recently turned into one of the most week-long in CSU athletics history.

Since last Tuesday, first-year football coaches Steve Adagio and Parker were verbally informed, for Forte, of verbal abuse and violation of the COVID-19 protocol, due to complaints made by players and others inside the program Has been under suspicion to induce. Collins Colorado. The end result is CSU’s football program, pending an independent investigation. It keeps a critical eye on Parker, Addazio and University President Joyce McConnell, while splitting a fan base that was already struggling to reunite under their new football coach.

“I’m not the only man who has anything to say,” said Hill, who was let go in January as CSU’s director of player development and community / alumni relations. “And, most importantly, I’m not lying.”

Concern over culture and Parker’s divisive personalities, most notably, former CSU men’s basketball coach Larry Istachy was also raised by Ram’s mental health advisor Jimmy Stewart in a story published Saturday by Colorado.

While the report denied allegations of racist comments by former CSU football coach Mike Bobo by at least one former Rama football player, the player also said of Stewart, “Jimmy’s the real deal. Jimmy sees it all is. ”

Hill, CSU’s debut from 1992-94, said Saturday that Parker had turned his back on student-athlete concerns, including reports of racially insensitive comments by Bobo and his assistants, most of which now The department does not have. Hill said his concerns have been shared by current CSU employees and former players, especially those of African American descent. And he said that Parker is the origin of those cultural defects.

“It’s all cultural,” Hill said. “And if the culture is not in a good place, your results will be spotty, in my view.

“At the end of the day, I am being heard. I am not doing anything I did not tell that I am going to do to the Joker. And most importantly, he did it all. He set it in motion. ”

Hill said he had been beset by many of Parker’s decisions, including the fact that he was initially reported to have been terminated by CSU’s athletic director, rather than that Addazio worked to replace Bobo last December Was kept at

“He’s weird. It doesn’t happen,” recalled Hill. “(Parker) said, ‘(You don’t fit in CSU), which flown me. Because if I don’t fit in the CSU, I don’t know who. ”

Hill said he was offered the position of academic advisor to an athletic department by Parker, earning him less money. A correspondence provided to The Post by CSU Athletics confirms an offer on Jan. 17 with a starting salary of $ 48,000, which was raised to $ 53,300, his former salary.

Hill said he found the position and salary outrageous, and preferred an on-field role, a response that was reflected in Hill’s correspondence with Parker earlier this year.

In a March 2 letter from Parker to Hill, the athletic director wrote that his “intention was to ensure that you were retained in a position with CSU.” The suggestion I was trying to (sabotage) you is not true. ”

Hill said that Parker was trying to emotionally cast him in response to the new role, “trying to feel like I’ve gotten out of control, or that he originally didn’t know I was What would I do, so he went that way. He knew what it was. And we came here too. ”

Adding to the confusion and frustration for loyalist Ram in recent times is the fact that some – but not all – CSU footballers deny allegations that have attracted undue national media attention on the program.

The current Ramas issued a collective statement on Saturday morning, condemning the recent allegations leveled against Addazio and the football staff, calling the allegations of racism and verbal abuse “currently untrue”.

“On the contrary,” it continued, our experience since Coach Adazio’s first day has been positive, welcoming and focused on our development as student-athletes. To be perfectly clear, we have not experienced any racially insensitive remarks from the athletic department or coaching staff to their teammates. ”

The statement was issued in the wake of two independent investigations initiated by the university regarding the Ram football program. The first, announced late on Tuesday by McConnell, was in response to allegations by anonymous student-athletes and athletic staff that Addazio and his assistants were not following the COVID-19 protocol. The allegations were made by unknown sources in a story published Tuesday by Colorado.

The program’s headlines intensified on Friday, when Parker announced that he was “immediately stopping all football activity in response to allegations of verbal abuse from football and CSU’s athletic administration in general and the football program in particular Was. ”

Seniors in the CSU football program denied those claims during a meeting late Friday evening and then during a team meeting on Saturday morning. Players were provided copies of the statement prepared to support the coaching staff and encouraged to share it via social media channels with the hashtag “#CSUUnited”.

Saturday’s statement described a series of accusations against Addazio and the program as “unfounded” from those not connected to our current football team … unfounded from a disgruntled former coach and / or source The accusation makes it unfair, unjust and accurate. Racism and traumatic wounds that can be caused by racism. ”

McConnell announced via an email to student-athletes and department employees that the investigation would be led by Kansas City-based law firm Hesh Blackwell. Hawke Blackwell was appointed by the University of Iowa earlier this summer to conduct an independent investigation into allegations of racial insensitivity and misconduct by football coach Kirk Ferrantz and his staff.

“I’ve been around long enough to know who the people are,” Hill said. “They show you who they are.” And Coach Addazio did it immediately. And this is not something I wanted to be around, if it was this way. I don’t think I have a very good lead on my alma mater. And it kills me. ”