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Vol Network Reporter who quit over racist tweets makes statement

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A University of Tennessee and Vol Network sports reporter has resigned from her post after racist tweets from her past resurfaced earlier this week, the sports department told Adam Sparks. Knox News.

Kasey Funderburg, a Tennessee alum, released a statement Wednesday apologizing for her use of a racial slur in tweets from 2013 and 2014. In her apology, she called her choice of words “unacceptable and ignorant.”

“I sincerely apologize for using offensive language and to anyone I have hurt or offended by these remarks,” the Funderburg statement read. “I take full responsibility for my actions. This language is not suitable for any context and has not been part of my vocabulary since then.

During Tennessee’s football game against Kentucky on Saturday, the Volunteers wore alternate black uniforms. Funderburg’s old tweets resurfaced after she engaged with another Twitter user who remarked on the idea that fans should also paint their faces black.

After Funderburg replied to this tweet decrying the idea of ​​fans wearing blackface, another account took to screenshots of his old tweets in which she used a racial slur.

“Going forward, I will continue my work to be a better ally in promoting a more inclusive society where everyone is welcome,” Funderburg wrote. “Thank you to all the University of Tennessee teams I’ve covered, my colleagues and the fans who have supported me over the years. I remain grateful.