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    NCAA tournament: Southern Mississippi apologizes for “Where’s your green card?” chant

    Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 03/16/2012
    NCAA tournament: Southern Mississippi apologizes for “Where’s your green card?” chant
    By Cindy Boren

    View Photo Gallery: Angel Rodriguez said he heard a racist chant during Kansas State’s NCAA tournament opener against Southern Mississippi.

    Officials at Southern Mississipi have apologized for an incident in which members of the school’s pep band taunted a Kansas State player with a racist chant during the teams’ NCAA tournament game Thursday afternoon.

    Members of the band chanted “Where’s your green card?” as Kansas State’s Angel Rodriguez, an American player born in Puerto Rico, stepped to the free-throw line during the East Region game in Pittsburgh. (Buzzfeed video after the jump)


    “We deeply regret the remarks made by a few students at today’s game,” Southern Mississippi President Martha Saunders said in a statement issued by the school Thursday. “The words of these individuals do not represent the sentiments of our pep band, athletic department or university. We apologize to Mr. Rodriguez and will take quick and appropriate disciplinary action against the students involved in this isolated incident.”
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/...=pm_sports_pop

    Ok, unlike the high school kids chanting "USA", this is objectively offensive. There's a video of the incident at the (forthcoming) link. It's bad enough that students would say this, but you'd hope members of the band would be more disciplined than this. They should be embarrassed.
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    Re: NCAA tournament: Southern Mississippi apologizes for “Where’s your green card?” c

    Their chant is what I'd expect from Mississippi.

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    Re: NCAA tournament: Southern Mississippi apologizes for “Where’s your green card?” c

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    Re: NCAA tournament: Southern Mississippi apologizes for “Where’s your green card?” c

    Now that's what I call classy.. Mississippi edition

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    Re: NCAA tournament: Southern Mississippi apologizes for “Where’s your green card?” c

    The only people responsible for this are the stupid kids who did the chant, which, btw, we don't even know where they're from (given they're college kids). It's not fair to blame the state. Gee, here I thought the OP would be something most of us could agree on. Oh well.

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    Re: NCAA tournament: Southern Mississippi apologizes for “Where’s your green card?” c

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    The only people responsible for this are the stupid kids who did the chant, which, btw, we don't even know where they're from (given they're college kids). It's not fair to blame the state. Gee, here I thought the OP would be something most of us could agree on. Oh well.
    Ah just a joke, don't look too much into it. Granted, I'm glad that Southern Miss. lost, As I have K-State into the elite 8, but damn my brackets are messed up enough anyway.

    It also shows the true intelligence level of the chanters as Rodriguez is from Puerto Rico and a U.S citizen, pretty damn hilarious.

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    Re: NCAA tournament: Southern Mississippi apologizes for “Where’s your green card?” c

    Quote Originally Posted by AClockworkGrape View Post
    Ah just a joke, don't look too much into it. Granted, I'm glad that Southern Miss. lost, As I have K-State into the elite 8, but damn my brackets are messed up enough anyway.
    What, you mean you didn't pick Duke, Mizzou and Michigan losing today? My god, how dumb're you?


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    Re: NCAA tournament: Southern Mississippi apologizes for “Where’s your green card?” c

    Quote Originally Posted by AClockworkGrape View Post
    Ah just a joke, don't look too much into it. Granted, I'm glad that Southern Miss. lost, As I have K-State into the elite 8, but damn my brackets are messed up enough anyway.

    It also shows the true intelligence level of the chanters as Rodriguez is from Puerto Rico and a U.S citizen, pretty damn hilarious.
    I can agree with you on the bolded. I mean, I guess it's not fair either to blame the basketball team, but I can't help wanting to spite the chanters. Unfortunately, now that it's apparent things like this can garner national attention, I bet we'll see more instances of this kind of thing for awhile.

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    Re: NCAA tournament: Southern Mississippi apologizes for “Where’s your green card?” c

    Quote Originally Posted by Neomalthusian View Post
    What, you mean you didn't pick Duke, Mizzou and Michigan losing today? My god, how dumb're you?

    I was stupid enough to have Duke winning it all in one of my brackets, so yeah. Not good, My dad had Mizzou going all the way too lol. Great day for upsets, who would have thought two 2's would fall

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    Re: NCAA tournament: Southern Mississippi apologizes for “Where’s your green card?” c

    So a drunk college killed yelled something offensive to an opposing team at a sporting event?

    Come on. This is silly. I've heard much, much worse cheers before. I know it's cliche and i'm gonna get flak for this, but this is just over-sensitivity to race issues. Perhaps the over-sensitivity is well-founded, given our-not-too-distant historical record on the matter, but it's over-sensitivity nonetheless.

    On the court the kid handled it well, a good example as to how all collegiate athletes should deal with such jeering - by coolly brushing it off as just some silly taunting from some likely drunk opposing fans and not make a big deal out of it.

    Pity not everybody has been able to handle it so well...

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