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Colt Lyerla said some controversial things last year about the Sandy Hook shootings


NFL Media recently provided a broad, vague assessment of former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla, calling him “[o]verly emotional and prone to outbursts following a dysfunctional childhood that offered little direction and much confusion related to a divorce.”

In March 2013, Lyerla had one specific outburst that could create some red flags for one or more NFL teams interested in Lyerla.  At that time, Lyerla posted multiple Twitter messages expressing support for the idea that the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut were in some way the result of a governmental conspiracy.

“The parents of the kids that supposedly died in the sandy hook situation are liars,” Lyerla tweeted and later deleted, according to Graham Watson of Yahoo! Sports.

The University of Oregon at the time denounced Lyerla’s tweets on the topic, calling them “insensitive and offensive.”  Lyerla was dismissed from the team in October 2013 for an unspecified rules violation, and he later pleaded guilty to cocaine possession.

Multiple NFL teams may feel the same way, and some teams (especially the Giants, Jets, and Patriots, who all play in the region containing Newtown) will surely remove Lyerla from their draft boards based his comments about Sandy Hook — unless he persuasively and unequivocally denounces them and apologizes for them, or at a minimum explains that cocaine is indeed a hell of a drug.

Teams presumably knew about Lyerla’s remarks, and teams presumably grilled him for them at the Scouting Combine.  Beyond the interview room, Lyerla had a mixed bag of Combine results.  He managed only 15 reps in the 225-pound bench press, the fewest for all tight ends.  In contrast, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.61 seconds, putting him behind only Eric Ebron and A.C. Leonard at the position.

Lyerla also pocketed $10,000 for generating the fastest 40-yard dash while wearing a specific Adidas shoe.  The prize was promoted in Indy by Snoop Dogg, who may have advised Lyerla to switch to marijuana.

UPDATE 3:22 p.m. ET 3/2/14:  One of Lyerla’s agents has contacted PFT to dispute the suggestion that Lyerla was dismissed from the Oregon team.  The agent characterized the move as a mutual decision.  In stating that Lyerla was dismissed, we relied on an item on the topic posted by  The agent also pointed out that Lyerla won only $10,000, not $100,000 for his 4.61-second 40-yard dash wearing a specific type of Adidas shoe.

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49 Responses to “Colt Lyerla said some controversial things last year about the Sandy Hook shootings”
  1. skittlesareyum says: Feb 26, 2014 10:40 AM

    So he is unstable, a conspiracy theorist, hard drug user, average-at-best combine results, and got kicked off his college team. Why is he even in the draft conversation? Is he Jimmy Graham + Gronk + Jerry Rice?

  2. calhounlambeau says: Feb 26, 2014 10:42 AM

    Dude is a hot mess I wouldn’t touch.

  3. cajunaise says: Feb 26, 2014 10:42 AM

    Sounds like the sort of player who’ll do something really stupid later on in his career, and have people asking “How did you not see it coming?” to whoever gave him a chance.

  4. titaniksigh says: Feb 26, 2014 10:42 AM

    Why the hell is this dude even at the combine? Sounds like he’s burned more than one second chance.

  5. beastmode5150 says: Feb 26, 2014 10:44 AM

    This dude is a POS, plain and simple. Lock him up now, just to save time.

  6. joefelicelli says: Feb 26, 2014 10:45 AM

    That $100K is probably the only signing bonus he will ever get. He had better not blow it on blow….

  7. metitometin says: Feb 26, 2014 10:51 AM

    Sounds like he has been watching too much FOX Noise.

  8. 4allintensivepurposes says: Feb 26, 2014 10:53 AM

    But other than the mental instability, drug use, and lack of upper body strength, he’s a pretty safe pick.

  9. raiderufan says: Feb 26, 2014 10:57 AM

    Coke is one helluva drug….

  10. ravenswhat says: Feb 26, 2014 10:59 AM


  11. bypedal says: Feb 26, 2014 11:00 AM

    So he’s gonna be a Raider.

  12. r8rsfan says: Feb 26, 2014 11:00 AM

    Lyerla lies.

  13. touchdownroddywhite says: Feb 26, 2014 11:02 AM

    Hernandez light? I’m sure he wont be going to the Broncos. We all know how well Wes vibes with guys like this…

  14. metalman5150 says: Feb 26, 2014 11:06 AM

    Believe those seeking the truth.
    Doubt those claiming to have the truth.

  15. themagicman1223 says: Feb 26, 2014 11:08 AM

    He’s probably the first TE on Mel Kiper’s board.

  16. kevpft says: Feb 26, 2014 11:14 AM

    Well, with the proportion of the general population that is made up of ignorant dolts, it’s not surprising to see it creep into pro sports. There’s probably a lot more there than we know.

  17. keytoarson says: Feb 26, 2014 11:21 AM

    He won $10K not $100K from adidas. Brandin Cooks was the one who won $100K.

    Regardless, sounds like a nutjob to me. Has great physical attributes and runs hard but he’s a complete headcase. Wouldn’t touch with a 10 foot NE Patriots pole.

  18. romosmicrodongs says: Feb 26, 2014 11:30 AM

    Just keep pretending like there’s nothing wrong. Keep believing what youre told to believe~

  19. ajgreenhof says: Feb 26, 2014 11:34 AM

    Do you want him or Muema?

  20. realfootballfan says: Feb 26, 2014 11:35 AM

    So in other words, this guy’s crazy. Guess you can blame anything on divorce or a bad childhood these days.

  21. ttommytom says: Feb 26, 2014 11:39 AM

    Betting the ranch is always a bad thing but I’ll put my ranch up against him ever playing for the Giants.

  22. commonsensedude says: Feb 26, 2014 11:56 AM

    On the other hand, his career prospects in talk radio may be very bright indeed.

  23. ctiggs says: Feb 26, 2014 12:01 PM

    Alot of people are defending this guy in here………. i wonder why

  24. granadafan says: Feb 26, 2014 12:01 PM

    Well, he should be drafted by such deeply conservative red state teams such as Arizona, Texans, Dallas, Carolina, New Orleans, Jacksonville, etc. They’re pro gun and pro shooting.

  25. crush22 says: Feb 26, 2014 12:02 PM

    Smooth move Ex-lax!

  26. qdog112 says: Feb 26, 2014 12:07 PM

    Rush and Hannity have a new sports hero. I guess he thought replacing “government with Obama”, was a little too much.

    But you know he wanted to. He’s more likely to get caught with a sniper rifle, than to catch an NFL pass.

  27. dryzzt23 says: Feb 26, 2014 12:14 PM

    This kid might be RIGHT! Who is to say that the govt was NOT involved? Obama and his gestapo cover up everything else so it would not surprise me at all if this is true.

    Stop with the thought/comment police! No one seems to care if a comment “offends” conservatives, pro-gun ppl, pro-life ppl, or straight ppl.

    But dammit if pro-fetus killers, libtards, gun control lunatics, environmentalists, or gays are “offended” then the world ceases to exist unless something is done immediately.

  28. deathonwings410 says: Feb 26, 2014 12:17 PM

    This is pretty crazy, but damn, he could be a serious weapon down the seam.

  29. scaredhitless says: Feb 26, 2014 12:25 PM

    Richie Incognito Part II

  30. soulmancer says: Feb 26, 2014 12:32 PM

    He’s a young man who has some lessons to learn. Many young people make mistakes that they later regret. A strong coaching staff could help him mature and harness his athletic talent.

  31. trollhammer20 says: Feb 26, 2014 12:40 PM

    The way the NFL often works, this guy will be resigning a huge deal in four years, while “safest pick in the draft” Aaron Curry continues his work in the ministry.

  32. yordo says: Feb 26, 2014 12:43 PM

    Still better than the sheep who gobble up everything their corrupt government tells them.

  33. iluvbears says: Feb 26, 2014 12:56 PM

    I guess they all can’t be upstanding citizens like Kyle Rudolph. Glad my team has him & don’t need to draft this nutjob.

  34. steelerben says: Feb 26, 2014 1:18 PM

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion, even when it comes to something as despicable as minimizing the tragedy of the murders of children and calling their mourning parents liars.

    As far as, “believing what the government tells us” and all the rest of the conspiracy talk…

    We have a government that can’t even balance its budget on a year to year basis. These are the guys you think are capable of executing a hoax of this scale that would stand up to international scrutiny?

  35. gimmeabruschi says: Feb 26, 2014 1:24 PM

    The drama queens and clowns of the NFL will pass on this off the charts talent, and somebody will grab him late for peanuts. Then all will be scratching their heads wondering how he slipped through the cracks when he rips up the league.

  36. jeffa43 says: Feb 26, 2014 1:30 PM

    1.There use to be video of the scene, no triage, 2 ambulances parked half mile away. Police, and first responders, walking from one area to the other, with no purpose.
    2.All video of the scenes was removed from Internet per Govt. Demand.
    3. Coroner, near by resident who brought 6 kids into his home, and Drs interviewed at scene, all are a part of the actors guild.
    4. Obamas gun control agenda has no limit to evil.
    You can look it up. Just saying.

    God bless any child who may have been a victim.

  37. beavertonsteve says: Feb 26, 2014 1:34 PM

    A college kid making stupid remarks on a Twitter account? Unbelievable, this kind of thing never happens. Oh wait, go look at some of these college kids’ accounts during the Travon ordeal, you’ll see plenty of stuff much worse than these comments. I guess people justify that it’s OK because it was said in the name of justice for Travon.

  38. rukkus1 says: Feb 26, 2014 1:54 PM

    There’s a ton of people that have bought into this…

    so does that really make him crazy? If so many other people see it the same as him, then technically he’s not crazy. He is normal. The more you study up on sandy hook, it does have some serious inconsistencies.

  39. romosmicrodongs says: Feb 26, 2014 1:59 PM





  40. idpfantasyfootball says: Feb 26, 2014 2:12 PM

    The kid is not the only one that questions the official story of Sandy Hook and NFL teams should not penalize the kid for his conspiracy-minded views.

    Interested readers should look up Wolfgang Halbig, who also questions Sandy Hook. His credentials include:

    – Law enforcement: Florida State Trooper, US Customs Agent.

    – Education: teacher, assistant principal, principal.

    – Current school safety expert. Trained key personnel at over 4,000 US school districts, and over 3,500 school safety officers.

    – Did some work with Columbine after the tragedy that took place there.

  41. skinsdiehard says: Feb 26, 2014 2:17 PM

    Lyerla: the NFL combine is a conspiracy. There is no draft. Go home and rid us of your stupidity.

  42. borisbulldog says: Feb 26, 2014 2:24 PM

    The white Aaron Hernandez!

  43. pacific123ocean says: Feb 26, 2014 2:30 PM

    Colt may be stupid, and I disagree with everything he said.

    But, he should have the right to voice his opinion…even if it is stupid and completely baseless.

  44. reesesteel23 says: Feb 26, 2014 2:30 PM

    Same lady that acted as a parent in the shooting, acted as James Holmes(the aurora shooting) lawyer. Look it up

  45. disgustinguished says: Feb 26, 2014 3:13 PM

    I’m on the fence about this guy. A small market like Green Bay could actually be a good fit. There’s not nearly the distractions or temptations he’ll find in a large market. It’s basically football and deer hunting, which I’m guessing he’d be into since he’s apparently a gun fetishist. Keep him on a short leash: one strike and you’re gone. He’s a playmaker, who if able to mature as an adult, could be worth the risk.

  46. bearsfan4life says: Feb 26, 2014 3:36 PM

    What a kook! Is he on drugs?

    Whatever you do, keep Wolfgang Halbig out of your search engines.

    And if you don’t heed that warning, it is essential you never find out who he is or hear his assessment of Sandy Hook.

  47. fubar000 says: Feb 28, 2014 9:28 PM

    I’ll be damned if they give this guy a chance and blow off the other guys that put their blood, sweat, tears, and righteousness to get to this point and not get drafted

  48. checkupfromtheneckup31 says: Apr 23, 2014 9:57 AM

    Don’t let doubters and naysayers defeat you. Let HIM guide YOUR path. People feel justified when they attack someone without knowing the whole story. Let love rule.

  49. lj312chicago says: May 20, 2014 11:43 AM

    the unbelievable things people get forgiven for……because they can play football…..unbelievable…….he better hope his career works out because cocaine possession…conspiracy theories….he probably couldn’t even get a job at McDonald’s….

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