The University of Wisconsin-Madison has released a statement, saying that men’s basketball strength and conditioning director Erik Helland has resigned after using a racial epithet in the presence of several Badgers basketball players.
Helland had been in the role since 2013.
According to the release, the University of Wisconsin Athletic Department was informed that Helland used a racial epithet while recounting a story from his NBA career while in presence of several members of the basketball team. The athletic department was notified last week of the situation.
Helland was originally placed on administrative leave while the school looked into the matter. He did not travel with the team on Wednesday when Wisconsin played Minnesota at Williams Arena.
The athletic department also noted that there were reports that Helland directed racially insensitive language at one specific player on the team. That accusation, according to Wisconsin, is false and there is no evidence to support the claim.
Wisconsin’s next basketball game is on Sunday, hosting Ohio State. Below is the full statement, as released by the University of Wisconsin-Madison: