Ole Miss administration investigating football players for hate speech

Sep 14, 2013; Austin, TX, USA; Mississippi Rebels running back Jeff Scott (3) returns a punt for a touchdown against the Texas Longhorns during the second half at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Ole Miss beat Texas 44-23. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

(Please note the picture above should not be taken as suggesting the players depicted were involved in the sitaution.)

An ugly incident involving members of the Ole Miss football team occurred at a school production of The Laramie Projecta play about the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard — on Tuesday. According to reports, a group of mostly freshman football players participated in heckling the actors on stage with gay slurs.


Here’s Michael Barnett’s, the assistant chair of theater arts at Ole Miss, account of what transpired:

From what I understand there were others who followed suit, who followed the lead of the students who were heckling some of our female cast members based on their body size. And then there were several incidents from what I understand of using the term ‘fag’ or ‘faggot.’ That’s when our house manager went to contact athletics (USA Today Sports).

The football players involved later apologized at the request of the athletic department.

Let’s hope the players (and non-athletes) involved in instigating the harassment grow the hell up.

[Source: USA Today Sports]

Topics: Ole Miss

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