College football players flagged for anti-gay heckling

Scene from the play The Laramie Project

Scene from a theater production of “The Laramie Project”

BY ADAM BRINKLOW
dot429

School officials and sports commentators alike called University of Mississippi football players onto the carpet after team members heckled a production of “The Laramie Project,” a play about murdered gay college student Matthew Shepard, October 1. Some accounts allege that the disruption was limited to laughter, but others claim that players shouted “fag” at the actors. Shortly after the Daily Mississippian broke the story, a rare spirit of consensus and agreeability manifested in this divided nation: Pretty much everyone got mad at Ole Miss, including university officials themselves.

The school president and athletics director released a joint statement the following day: “We strongly condemn the behavior exhibited Tuesday night. Each of us has a responsibility to be accountable for our actions, and these individuals will be held accountable.”

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