BATON ROUGE, La. – Alexis Jeffrey is an LSU Tiger. Head Coach Jay Clark confirmed, during Monday’s press conference, the freshman is joining the Bayou Bengals. Jeffrey is transferring from UCLA, after allegations she used racial slurs towards her African American and Asian teammates, but the university has not found any information to confirm the rumors are true.
“Things we hear on the internet are wildly contrary to any information that we have. I’ve 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 this is 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 UCLA could better answer the allegation questions, but Bruins gymnasts reached out to athletics 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 address Jeffrey’s allegations. However, Clark has taken a no-nonsense approach to any racial issues within the Tigers’ program.
“We have a philosophy of we’re going hold 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. I will cut it off at the knees, if it rears its head,” Clark double-down.
Jeffrey won’t travel with LSU to Georgia this Friday. The Tigers’ SEC-opening meet will be their first competition since the season opener January 7th.
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