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: