Coach sorry for anti-gay comment made in front of gay player

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- A Colorado Mesa assistant baseball coach has apologized for making what an investigation concluded was an anti-gay remark in front of a gay player who said he eventually left the game because of homophobia.

Sean McKinney apologized Thursday for the 2014 remark, which he made while talking about the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard. He was speaking in front of players, including Tyler Dunnington, who was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals and spent time with the organization as a minor league pitcher before quitting the game.

Last week, Outsports.com reported that the comment that lingered with Dunnington the longest came from an unnamed college coach who said, "We kill gay people in Wyoming."

The school hired a law firm to investigate. The Daily Sentinel, which obtained a copy of the report, reported that McKinney told investigators he said something like that but didn't use the word "we."