Brendon Ayanbadejo Offers To Help Educate Ole Miss Students After Anti-Gay Heckling
NFL veteran and LGBT ally Brendon Ayanbadejo has penned an open letter (because who isn't penning open letters these days??) to the University of Mississippi following this week's incident in which twenty members of the Ole Miss football team heckled actors with gay slurs during a production of The Laramie Project, a play that centers around the hate crime murder of Matthew Shepard.
Ayanbadejo's letter encourages the Ole Miss administration to educate its students on the severity of intolerance and homophobia rather than solely doling out punishment. He notes:
A representative of the Ole Miss athletes allegedly apologized -- after being prompted by a member of the school's academic staff -- but many didn’t quite understand what they were apologizing for.
That's the problem. Many of these athletes and students don't understand the severity of this type of behavior and Ayanbadejo offers his assistance in effectively changing that and informing students on the importance of LGBT inclusivity.
Check out Brendon's full open letter here.
What do you think about Brendon's message to University of Mississippi administrators and students, Instincters?