Kent State Wrestler Suspended Indefinitely For Calling Gay Footballer Michael Sam "Fag" On Twitter
What is the price one pays for being a blatant homophobe? In the case of 20-year old Kent State wrestler Sam Wheeler, the price might just be your promising collegiate athletic career.
Wheeler was apparently so outraged by coverage of the NFL's probable first gay player Michael Sam that he could no longer watch ESPN's SportsCenter. And, being 2014, he had to tell everyone on Twitter know, obviously. “I can’t even watch Sports Center today cause all they are talking about is Marcus Smart or that fag from Mizzou," Wheeler tweeted.
He continued being a douchebag even as the upset replies started to flow in. “O geez I got all these fag boys mad at me now," he wrote at one point.
The tweets and Wheeler's account have since been deleted, but because this is the Internet, their notoriety has lived on long enough to see the player denounced and suspended.
“As an alum of Kent State University and as Sam’s head coach, I was surprised and offended by what I read on Twitter,” Kent State Head Wrestling Coach Jim Andrassy said. “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.”
“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 Director of Athletics Joel Nielson. "This is an educational opportunity for all of our student-athletes.”
Wheeler himself has not yet spoken about or apologized for the incident.
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