Heckling Band Members Lose Scholarships

By: Associated Press & WOWT Email
By: Associated Press & WOWT Email

Five members of the University of Southern Mississippi pep band no longer have scholarships after taking part in the heckling of a Kansas State basketball player at last Thursday's NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament game.

The school announced Tuesday that the five students also were removed from the band and will take sensitivity training. The students have not been identified.

USM issued an apology last week to Kansa State point guard Angel Rodriguez. Rodriguez was the target of chants of "Where's your green card?" during the Wildcats' 70-64 second-round victory in the NCAA tournament.

Rodriguez said he heard the chants and USM's athletic director and "personnel from their school" came to the team hotel to apologize.

The students who heckled the player also displayed extraordinary ignorance. Rodriguez was born in Puerto Rico, a U.S. Commonwealth. That made him a U.S. citizen since the day he was born.

The heckling could be heard during the TV broadcast of the game. Clips of the unfortunate incident have been circulated on the internet. An example of that can be seen by clicking here.

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