GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) A Colorado Mesa University assistant baseball coach has apologized for using 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 remark he made while talking about the 1998 murder of Matthew Shephard in front of players, including Tyler Dunnington. Last week Outsports.com reported that a comment from an unnamed college coach that ''we kill gay people in Wyoming'' lingered with the former St. Louis Cardinals minor league pitcher the longest.

The school hired a law firm to investigate. The Daily Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1RB6Ymx ), which obtained a copy of the report, reported that McKinney told investigators he said something like that but he didn't use the word ''we.''