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.

49 responses to “Colt Lyerla said some controversial things last year about the Sandy Hook shootings

  1. 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. 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.

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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?

  13. 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.

  14. Fact:
    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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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

  22. 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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