Former Tennessee football sideline reporter apologizes for 'unacceptable and ignorant' tweets

Kasey Funderburg

Kasey Funderburg, who resigned as University of Tennessee sports reporter and Vol Network sideline reporter, apologized for “offensive language” she used on Twitter when she was in high school. 

“The comments I tweeted as a high school student were unacceptable and ignorant,” Funderburg wrote in a statement and posted on her Twitter account.

“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 responded to an interview request from Knox News but did not immediately provide a comment. On Wednesday, she released a statement.

Kasey Funderburg

Funderburg, 26, is a UT graduate and was a full-time employee in the athletics department. She also served as an on-air personality for VFL Films and “Vol Calls,” the popular weekly call-in show for UT coaches.

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Last week, Outkick.com reported Funderburg was fired by UT after tweets surfaced showing her writing racial slurs in 2013 and 2014. She was 17 or 18 years old at the time of those posts. Funderburg graduated from Sevier County, where she was a member of the cross country, track and field and basketball teams.

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