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Ole Miss football players use *hate speech*
Thursday, October 03, 2013 5:02 PM
The University of Mississippi is investigating a student newspaper report that alleges that a handful of Ole Miss football players disrupted a university theater production of "The Laramie Project" by harassing actors with "borderline hate speech" on campus Tuesday night.
The play is based on the 1998 murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shephard.
The Daily Mississippian reported that approximately 20 Ole Miss football players were among the disruptive audience. Play director and faculty member Rory Ledbetter told the student newspaper that members of the audience were using homosexual slurs and insulted the body types and sexual orientation of cast members.
"The football players were certainly not the only audience members that were being offensive last night," Ledbetter told the student paper. "But they were definitely the ones who seemed to initiate others in the audience to say things, too. It seemed like they didn't know that they were representing the university when they were doing these things."
Ole Miss Dean of Students Thomas J. (Sparky) Reardon told ESPN.com on Thursday that the university has its Bias Incident Response Team meeting "to delve into what happened and to look if there are any possible charges there."
"They'll make any recommendations there to us, to me, at the university and we'll move from there," Reardon said. "I've been in touch with the theater department and the athletic department and we're waiting on their report."
Dr. Donald Cole, who is the Assistant Provost and Assistant to the Chancellor Concerning Minority Affiairs, told ESPN.com on Thursday that not all of the 20 alleged football players involved have been identified, but that the university "definitely [has] a good idea" who they are and that a punishment will be handed down to the students involved at the appropriate time.
"We haven't entered the punishment stage yet," Cole said. "We are just trying to contain the situation and get everything in order."
Reardon said that he had spoken to someone in the athletic department, but not head football coach Hugh Freeze. There has been no official comment from the athletic department on the incident.[/quote[
Ohio St.'s actions are not unlike their lower intestine: stinky and loaded with danger.