Sep 21, 2013; Bloomington, IN, USA; Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Michael Sam (52) reacts after the game at Memorial Stadium. Missouri defeats Indiana 45-28.

Kent State wrestler suspended for homophobic tweets about Michael Sam


While many were applauding Missouri Tigers defensive end Michael Sam for his decision to come out, others didn’t react so positively. One of those people is Kent State wrestler Sam Wheeler, who made some homophobic comments about Sam.

Athletic Director Joel Nielsen and Head Wrestling Coach Jim Andrassy addressed Wheeler’s Tweets in a joint statement released on the school’s athletic department website.

Statement from Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen:

“We are aware of the insensitive tweets by one of our student athletes. On behalf of Kent State University, we consider these comments to be ignorant and not indicative of the beliefs held by our university community as a whole. This is an educational opportunity for all of our student-athletes.”

Statement from Kent State Head Wrestling Coach Jim Andrassy:

“As an alum of Kent State University and as Sam’s head coach, I was surprised and offended by what I read on Twitter. I have spoken to Sam personally, and while he is remorseful, he will be suspended indefinitely while we determine the best course of action moving forward.”

See the Tweets below:

[h/t] Thunder Treats, via The Big Lead

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  • DTVTechGuy

    Just like anyone else, ignorant or not, he’s entitled to an opinion. So now we have an institution of Higher Learning doling out punishment for words. Sounds about right.

  • Hank Simms

    Considering the background of his Twitter account is practically a Kent State pennant, they have every right to administer a punishment for behavior they view as unbecoming. Not only that, but many universities require student athletes to formally agree to protocols governing behavior. The ability to have an opinion and publicly voice your opinions exist but as with any action, there are consequences. The right to have an opinion is not the same as the right to make offensive and degrading remarks without risk of an adverse response. No one is ENTITLED to degrade another individual.