According to reports, a historically black college withdrew a scholarship offer from a Florida quarterback who had previously been awarded a package for using the n-word.
Marcus Stokes – a standout from Nease High School in Ponte Vedra Beach – was due to attend the University of Florida on a full scholarship last year.
That school rescinded the offer after Stokes posted a clip on social media where he said the n-word while imitating a rap song that was playing in his car.
Albany State head coach Quinn Gray appeared to throw a lifeline at Stokes this month, offering him a spot on his team at the Historicly Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) school in Georgia.
But Gray withdrew that offer after online backlash, issuing a lengthy statement apologizing for what he called a misguided “buyout” plan.
“Frankly, it was not my place to use ASU as a buyout platform in this case,” Gray wrote Friday. “I regret that I used misjudgment. If given the chance, I will do better.
Although he did not name Stokes, Gray made it clear that university president Marion Ross Fedrick did not approve of the quarterback’s potential presence on campus.
“I was trying to help a student get back into competition, and in my haste, I didn’t consider the impact the decision would have on all of you,” Gray’s statement read.
Stokes had apologized profusely for his actions and was endorsed by several team-mates after the controversy, but interest in him plummeted despite once being one of the nation’s top prospects.
While Albany State is no longer an option, Stokes has also attracted interest from West Florida University and Alabama State.
“I’m going to find a house,” he tweeted.
Stokes, the 24th-ranked quarterback prospect in his promotion, said he accepted Florida’s decision after withdrawing its deal.
“I deeply apologize for the words of the song I chose to say,” he said in a statement. “I fully accept the consequences of my actions and respect the University of Florida’s decision to withdraw my scholarship offer to play football.”