The University of Southern Mississippi has revoked the scholarships of five members of its pep band who took part in the heckling of a Puerto Rican-born Kansas State basketball player at last Thursday’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament game.
The school announced today that the five students also were removed from the band and will be required to complete a two-hour cultural sensitivity training course this week.
Hopefully the USM students will also get a geography lesson and learn that Puerto Rico is part of the United States and people born in Puerto Rico are American citizens!
Southern Miss issued an apology last week to Kansas State point guard Angel Rodriguez after he was the target of chants of “Where’s your green card?” during the Wildcats’ 70-64 second-round victory in the NCAA tournament.
Here’s what Ed said about the incident on Thursday night’s show:
Imagine just for a moment, you`re a college freshman – college freshman starting, like Angel Rodriguez. You and your team make it to the NCAA tournament. I mean, it is the big dance, the big show. It is a dream come true.
And while you`re out there on your court making your school proud, having a highlight in your life, you hear a bunch of bullies from the other school shouting “where`s your green card.”