Ex-University of Tennessee sports reporter apologizes for resurfaced 2013-14 N-word tweets

The former University of Tennessee sports reporter admits she was “IGNORANT” as she apologizes for the N-word tweets that forced her to resign when they resurfaced eight years after publication

  • Kasey Funderburg first commented on the incident on Wednesday
  • The Tennessee Athletics and Vol Network staffer resigned earlier this week after old tweets from 2013-14 containing offensive language resurfaced
  • “The comments I tweeted when I was a high school student were unacceptable and ignorant,” she shared
  • Fans have since defended her, signing a petition to get her back on the fold
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Kasey Funderburg, a reporter at the University of Tennessee who quit her job earlier this week, has now apologized for using the n-word in resurfaced tweets from her teenage years – after admitting that she ” ignorant” was.

“The comments I tweeted as a high school student were unacceptable and ignorant,” the 26-year-old sportswriter said in a statement posted to Twitter on Wednesday.

“I sincerely apologize for the use of offensive language and to anyone I have hurt or offended with these comments. I take full responsibility for my actions. This language is not appropriate in any context and has not been part of my vocabulary ever since.”

DailyMail.com has reached out to Funderburg for further comment.

Kasey Funderburg, who worked for Vol Network and has appeared on ESPN-powered SEC Network, has apologized for using the n-word in previous tweets since she was 17

Kasey Funderburg, who worked for Vol Network and has appeared on ESPN-powered SEC Network, has apologized for using the n-word in previous tweets since she was 17

The 26-year-old resigned earlier this week after old tweets from 2013 and 2014 resurfaced.  Funderburg tried to prevent misinformation targeting Tennessee students from spreading online

The 26-year-old resigned earlier this week after old tweets from 2013 and 2014 resurfaced. Funderburg tried to prevent misinformation targeting Tennessee students from spreading online

Funderburg sent out the abusive tweets back in 2013 while she was still in high school

Funderburg sent out the abusive tweets back in 2013 while she was still in high school

Her resignation comes days after old Twitter posts of hers from 2013 and 2014 in which she used “offensive language” surfaced online.

A spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Athletics declined to elaborate on her resignation other than to say it took effect on Oct. 27.

Officially, Funderburg was a presenter in the Tennessee Athletics broadcasting department who also had on-air roles on various Vol Network programs. She has also made multiple appearances on the ESPN-powered SEC Network.

The sportscaster’s old tweets were exposed following her online interaction with an alleged Twitter troll named Richard G. West, who frequently targets the University of Tennessee and its fans.

After West told Vols fans to paint their faces black for Saturday’s game against Kentucky, Funderburg called him for spreading false information and trying to get Tennessee faithful to wear offensive blackface.

“THIS IS A FAKE ACCOUNT and it’s disgusting that this person thinks it’s okay to post a joke like this,” the University of Tennessee alumnus replied from her account, according to Outkick.

A spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Athletics declined to divulge any further information about Funderburg's resignation other than to say it took effect on Oct. 27

A spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Athletics declined to divulge any further information about Funderburg’s resignation other than to say it took effect on Oct. 27

Funderburg's old tweets were exposed following her online interaction with an alleged Twitter troll named Richard G. West, who frequently targets the University of Tennessee and its fans.  After West told Vols fans to paint their faces black for Saturday's game against Kentucky, Funderburg called him for spreading false information and trying to get Tennessee faithful to wear offensive blackface

Funderburg’s old tweets were exposed following her online interaction with an alleged Twitter troll named Richard G. West, who frequently targets the University of Tennessee and its fans. After West told Vols fans to paint their faces black for Saturday’s game against Kentucky, Funderburg called him for spreading false information and trying to get Tennessee faithful to wear offensive blackface

Little is known about Funderburg's future since she left the University of Tennessee

Little is known about Funderburg’s future since she left the University of Tennessee

“Please don’t believe everything you read on Twitter,” she added.

Funderburg also shared another tweet disgusting Wes as a “person who finds it funny to bring out that Tennessee is asking fans to wear blackface.”

After that, other Twitter accounts started posting her old tweets, in which Outkick says she used the n-word.

“Plz don let yo n***a down,” Funderburg, now 26, wrote in 2014. Two similar tweets were also revealed.

Since her resignation, a Change.org petition has been started to get her back on the Vol Network.

The petition has more than 1,000 signatures.

The sports reporter was defended on Twitter by several Vols fans who would love to see her reinstated

The sports reporter was defended on Twitter by several Vols fans who would love to see her reinstated

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