College wrestler suspended for homophobic tweets about Michael Sam

Feb 15, 2014
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A Kent State wrestler is in hot water after sending out some offensive tweets about Michael Sam.

Kent State sophomore Sam Wheeler used anti-gay language while complaining that Sam, the first openly gay NFL draft prospect, was the only story on SportsCenter on Monday. The university suspended Wheeler indefinitely.

Sam announced he is gay on Sunday night. He won SEC Defensive Player of the Year after recording 11.5 sacks for Missouri last season.

“We are aware of the insensitive tweets by one of our student athletes,” director of athletics Joel Nielsen said in a statement released by Kent State. “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.”

“As an alum of Kent State University and as Sam’s head coach, I was surprised and offended by what I read on Twitter,” wrestling coach Jim Andrassy said in a statement. “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.”

Check out Wheeler’s edited tweets below (h/t to KentWired.com).

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