BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – Alexis Jeffrey is an LSU Tiger. Head coach Jay Clark confirmed at Monday’s press conference that the rookie will join the Bayou Bengals. Jeffrey is transferring from UCLA, after allegations that she used racial slurs towards her African-American and Asian teammates, but the university has found no information to confirm the rumors are true.
“The things we hear on the internet are totally contrary to all the information we have. I enlisted Ashleigh Clare-Kearney and then we involved Dr Lori Williams. They both came back and said ‘no, we think you’re right to move forward, and we think it’s an opportunity.” Exactly what we’re trying to affect: change here, opportunities for someone who may have made a mistake,” Clark said.
Clark also added that UCLA could better answer questions about the allegations, but Bruins gymnasts reached out to athletic director Martin Jarmond on social media with no public response until Tuesday afternoon. Jarmond released a statement saying he met with the gymnastics team but did not publicly respond to Jeffrey’s allegations. However, Clark took a pragmatic approach to all racial issues within the Tigers program.
“We have a philosophy of holding people accountable for what they say, what they do, and under no circumstances will we tolerate anything within our group that is racially motivated, discriminatory in any way. whether it be. I’m going to cut him at the knees, if he raises his head,” Clark doubled.
Jeffrey will not be traveling with LSU to Georgia this Friday. The Tigers’ SEC opener will be their first competition since the season opener Jan. 7.
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