Ex-Tennessee Football Sideline Reporter Issues Apology for ‘Offensive’ Tweets

by Dustin Schutte
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Former Tennessee football sideline reporter Kasey Funderburg has issued an apology over “offensive” tweets she posted while in high school. She recently resigned from her position after the social media posts resurfaced.

“The comments I tweeted as a high school student were unacceptable and ignorant,” Funderburg wrote in a statement. “I sincerely apologize for using offensive language and to anyone I hurt or offended with those remarks. I take full responsibility for my actions. This language is not appropriate in any context and has not been part of my vocabulary since then.”

Funderburg graduated from Tennessee and worked in the school’s athletic department. In addition to sideline reporting, she also worked as an on-air personality for VFL Films and the radio call-in show, Vol Calls, per The Tennessean.

The tweets Funderburg sent date back to 2013 and 2014 when she was a high school student.

“Moving forward, I will continue my work to be a better ally so that I may promote a more inclusive society where everyone is welcome,” Funderburg continued. “Thank you to all the University of Tennessee teams I covered, my co-workers and fans who have supposed me over the years. I remain grateful.”

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Earlier this week, Tennessee climbed back to the top of the college football world. The Volunteers earned the No. 1 spot in the first College Football Playoff poll of the 2022 season.

Tennessee edged out other undefeated teams like Ohio State, Georgia, Clemson, Michigan and TCU for the top overall spot. It’s the first time since 1998 the Vols have been at the peak of the sport.

With the No. 1 ranking comes challenges. Tennessee will play SEC East rival No. 3 Georgia this weekend with SEC Championship and College Football Playoff implications. Both teams are undefeated, setting up an incredible showdown in Athens.