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Paul Queally issues formal apology to the university community

Published: February 23, 2014, 9:15 pm ET
Collegian Reporter

In response to recent controversy over his published remarks and his prior formal statements, Paul Queally contacted The Collegian staff to issue a third statement.

Queally wrote: “There is no place or time when insensitive and offensive remarks about sexual preference are appropriate. This goes without saying, yet I feel compelled to make this comment because of recent attention given to some ill considered statements of mine. I was wrong to say the things I did, and I apologize without reservation to everyone I offended. These remarks are inconsistent with my values and my record. I hope those who rightfully took offense will accept my apology and join me in continuing the Richmond Promise.”

University of Richmond President Edward Ayers wrote in an email that he will send a reply to the university community soon.

Queally’s remarks first gained publicity through the release of Kevin Roose’s book, titled “Young Money,” on Tuesday. Subsequent articles, including those published by Style Weekly, the Richmond Times-Dispatch and The Collegian, to highlight a few, also garnered attention from the university and wider communities.

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  • UR 2014

    People have and always will make jokes that others deem inappropriate or offensive in the company of those they trust. Society is more inclusive than it ever has been, but with the advent of technology, anyone can capture somebody in a bad moment. Some people wake up in the morning and look for ways to be offended and point fingers at the bad guys. Mr. Queally is an easy target because of his wealth and prestige, but he’s no different than anyone else. So much politically correct nonsense, people really should be focused on more important issues…

  • Brian

    Why is President Edward Ayers always “will reply soon” when it comes to these important issues?

    • Just a thought

      …because it’s possible Ayers may have more important things to do than respond to sensationalist student newspapers.

  • Norman Lake

    Thank you Mr. Queally for your apology! Higher Education should teach students how to deal with real life realities to make a difference in this world. The poor and underprivileged in the US and around the world aren’t worried about insensitive jokes. I have seen cardboard huts propped up for shelter just within miles of the US border. And third world kids worry about survival rather than feeling hurt and offended by rich people’s jokes. Too many college campuses want to focus on social issues…Chick-filet-A, Hobby Lobby, political correctness……take God off of our money and out of the pledge of Allegiance. I hope Mr. Queally doesn’t find other uses for his philanthropy. UR students….make a difference in the world!

  • UR1986

    I graduated in the same class as Paul Queally… those comments reflect the real Paul Queally.

    • llf93

      that was my feeling, 100%. a leopard doesn’t change his spots.

  • UR1985

    You walk the walk. It’s total nonsense that the context–that it was “expected” for him to dress outrageously and make outrageous comments, was behind this event. If you were TRULY a person who was not a racist, for example, or not a homophobe, or not comfortable with hate speech, you would be so uncomfortable with those words that they would not leave your mouth regardless of the context of the evening. I could never say certain words, tell certain jokes. etc. As for people accusing the Collegian of being sensational? Hmm. My guess is if he made that joke about Laura Bush, or if he–heaven forbid!–maligned Christianity or maligned something important and held dear, it would not be shrugged off. Gays are fair game–to the prejudiced. A lot of hypocrisy swirling around. I was at U of R in 1985–I remember white students ROUTINELY dropping the n-word. I remember fraternity brothers at dinner saying horrific comments about blacks and gays, women . . . but “boys will be boys”–particularly rich white boys–was the attitude. Thankfully times have changed. But people like Queally have not. The fact that it took THREE press releases to even remotely get a hollow apology speaks volumes. UR has a healthy endowment. It should respect the principles it supposedly now stands for, the principles the college purports to pass along to students. Chisel his name off the buildings. Return his money. Stand for what’s right.