NCAA tournament controversy: University of Southern Mississippi students racist chant to Puerto Rican player
School pride turned ugly on Thursday when members of the University of Southern Mississippi band shouted racist remarks at a Hispanic Kansas State player during the two school's NCAA tournament game.
Taking March madness to a whole other level, point guard Angel Rodriguez was fouled late in the first half of the second round game, sparking Southern Miss. band members to clap their hands and chant "Where's your green card?" at him.
The president of Southern Miss., Martha Saunders, apologized for the incident in a statement released a couple hours after the game. She wrote:
We deeply regret the remarks made by a few students at today's game. The words of these individuals do not represent the sentiments of our pep band, athletic department or university. We apologize to Mr. Rodriquez and will take quick and appropriate disciplinary action against the students involved in this isolated incident.
Um, are these people for real? We're not talking about young children here or even high schoolers--these are college students who are supposed to be adults. Did they really think screaming such a blatantly racist and discriminatory remark was funny? It's immature and offensive, not to mention downright ignorant since Rodriguez is Puerto Rican and therefore, would never even need a green card.
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To make matters worse, the school spelled Rodriguez's last name wrong in the initial draft of their apology and had to correct it before re-releasing the statement. This poor guy! At least he was able to put them all in their place--his team ended up defeating Southern Miss. by 16 points.
Watch the whole incident below:
What do you think of the students' chants? Offensive or not a big deal?