CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Kent State University has suspended wrestler Sam Wheeler indefinitely for a series of anti-gay tweets that appeared on his Twitter account Monday afternoon the university announced.
“I can’t even watch Sports Center today cause all they are talking about is Marcus Smart or that (slur) from Mizzou…” Wheeler tweeted.
In addition to the initial tweet, Wheeler responded to 2 other users with a homophobic slur before tweeting, “O geez I got all these (slur) boys mad at me now.”
Wheeler, a redshirt sophomore from Copley High School, sent the tweets a day after former Missouri defensive end and NFL Draft hopeful Michael Sam revealed that he was gay on ESPN’s Outside the Lines. Sam was this year’s co-SEC Defensive player of the year and is projected to be a mid-round draft pick in May.
Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart was suspended 3 games for shoving a fan in the final seconds of a game at Texas Tech Saturday.
“We are aware of the insensitive tweets by one of our student athletes,” Joel Nielsen, director of athletics, said in a statement released by the school. “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.”
The tweets were deleted and Wheeler’s twitter account is no longer active but the gay-oriented web site OutrageDC.com captured and published a screen grab the tweets and called for users to contact the university, the school’s athletic director, Wheeler’s wrestling coach as well as the Mid-American Conference in protest.
Wheeler’s wrestling coach Jim Andrassy also issued a statement Monday evening through the university.
“As an alum of Kent State University and as Sam’s head coach, I was surprised and offended by what I read on Twitter,” 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.”
Wheeler was a first-team all-Ohio linebacker in football and won a Division I state wrestling title as a senior while at Copley. He transferred from the University of Oklahoma to Kent State in January of 2012.
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