College Wrestler Suspended Indefinitely For Anti-Gay Tweets
A Kent State wrestler has been suspended from the team after posting a series of anti-gay tweets aimed at college football star Michael Sam. Sam, who is expected to be drafted into the NFL and thereby become the first openly gay player in pro football, has sparked plenty of debate as to how he will be accepted in the locker room. But sophomore Sam Wheeler ignited controversy after tweeting that “I can’t even watch Sports Center today cause all they are talking about is Marcus Smart or that f*g from Mizzou.”
After then calling two people “queer” who objected to his tweets, Wheeler later wrote, “O geez I got all these f*g boys mad at me now.” He later deleted the tweets and his account, but the homophobic comments were screen grabbed and recirculated by the website LGBTQ Nation.
In response, the Kent State athletic department condemned the comments. “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,” said Kent State athletic director Joel Nielsen. “This is an educational opportunity for all of our student-athletes.” Wheeler’s coach, Jim Andrassy, said no timetable had been set for him to return to the team.
“I was surprised and offended by what I read on Twitter,” said the coach in a statement. “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.” Wheeler has not publicly commented on the backlash or his suspension from the team.
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