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Kent State Wrestler Sam Wheeler Suspended Indefinitely for 'Fag' Tweet About Michael Sam


Kent State wrestler Sam Wheeler has been suspended indefinitely for a series of tweets containing anti-gay slurs that began as a commentary about gay Missouri football player Michael Sam, CBS Cleveland reports:

“I can’t even watch Sports Center today cause all they are talking about is Marcus Smart or that fag from Mizzou…” Wheeler tweeted.

In addition to the initial tweet, Wheeler responded to 2 other users with a homophobic slur before tweeting, “O geez I got all these fag boys mad at me now.”

...The tweets were deleted and Wheeler’s twitter account is no longer active but the gay-oriented web site OutrageDC.com captured and published a screen grab the tweets and called for users to contact the university, the school’s athletic director, Wheeler’s wrestling coach as well as the Mid-American Conference in protest.

Kent State Director of Athletics released the following statement:

“We are aware of the insensitive tweets by one of our student athletes.  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.”

Kent State Head Wrestling Coach Jim Andrassy added:

“As an alum of Kent State University and as Sam’s head coach, I was surprised and offended by what I read on Twitter. 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.”


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  1. "he's remorseful"

    Posted by: Ryan | Feb 11, 2014 1:22:09 PM

  2. @Ryan - IOW, he's worried about losing his scholarship, which is fine with me. I hope they keep him on tenderhooks for a while, deciding whether to permanently bench him - will serve a good lesson for the team.

    Posted by: CPT_Doom | Feb 11, 2014 1:27:19 PM

  3. I love Twitter,and how it keeps exposing these idiot athletes/politicians/public figures for the bigots they are. And these individuals really end up hurting themselves most of all after they get lampooned by the public, and sponsors don't want to associate with them.

    Posted by: Anony6 | Feb 11, 2014 1:29:40 PM

  4. "insensitive tweets"? really? that classification sounds like older southerners who call the civil war "the war of northern aggression".

    Posted by: northalabama | Feb 11, 2014 1:32:27 PM

  5. Wheeler should be disciplined but not permanently suspended from the team or school. Either action would be extreme moves, and would set him up to become the new poster child for the extreme right wing since Phil Robertson is now so two months ago.

    Posted by: Drew | Feb 11, 2014 1:33:48 PM

  6. What a fag!

    Posted by: litper | Feb 11, 2014 1:33:53 PM

  7. What? No Sarah Palin/Bobby Jindal Faux outrage and free speech harpies?

    Oh that's right. Wheeler didn't reference 'fag' bashing as his religion. Dumb of you Sam. You forgot to use the 'coded' usage so the 'family values' crowd can pretend your 'religious liberty' has been violated.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Feb 11, 2014 1:36:39 PM

  8. Those who are the most vocal with anti-gay comments are much more likely to be gay themselves. I bet that's what is going on here.

    Posted by: Seattle Mike | Feb 11, 2014 1:36:51 PM

  9. just got finished watching a video of him wrestling. He grinds on more men's butts then any of us on this blog.

    He must like doing it.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Feb 11, 2014 1:37:44 PM

  10. I do hope he spends his time suspended learning about the difference between their, there, and they're.

    Posted by: crispy | Feb 11, 2014 1:38:22 PM

  11. He's jealous and sad. Unhappy people don't talk or tweet like that. He wanted the attention that Michael was getting and the regular coverage that football gets.

    Posted by: Rex | Feb 11, 2014 1:39:20 PM

  12. Wow, this is a crazy new world.

    Posted by: Tigernan | Feb 11, 2014 1:39:31 PM

  13. @ CPT_DOOM
    Not to be the grammar/spelling Police but, just FYI: you are on TENTERhooks, not TENDERhooks.

    To be on tenterhooks is to be filled with painful or anxious anticipation or suspense, such as when you’re waiting for the result of an important medical test or whether you are going to loose your college scholarship because you are a bigot.

    Posted by: dctopman | Feb 11, 2014 1:40:58 PM

  14. Coming out in 3…..2…..1...

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Feb 11, 2014 1:42:39 PM

  15. No doubt he's remorseful about the consequences, and not the statements. But he's a kid, and this isn't worth ruining his life over. This is an opportunity for him to do some self-examination and change, like Kobe Bryant. Punishment is appropriate, but let's hope that punishment isn't the end of this story.

    Posted by: Rawn | Feb 11, 2014 1:44:20 PM

  16. Correcting my comment above. Wheeler didn't reference his religious beliefs, so the comment above is right that the Palin crowd probably won't jump on this one. Even the public use of the word "fag" is too much for them.

    Posted by: Drew | Feb 11, 2014 1:47:02 PM

  17. well he sounds lovely.

    Posted by: Monsieur V | Feb 11, 2014 1:47:35 PM

  18. gay face.

    Posted by: Ben in Oakland | Feb 11, 2014 1:48:02 PM

  19. Censoring much ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 11, 2014 1:49:06 PM

  20. I hope he's not suspended, this is an opportunity to make someone who is ignorant into a supporter, to foster a greater understanding, and to make the world a better place for everybody, thus enriching everybody's lives...

    It's unnecessary to make some sort of example of him, and ruin his future, out of sheer vindictiveness.

    It's childish to keep making remarks that everyone that expresses this kind of ignorance is int he closet. That kind of crap doesn't do anything to make a meaningful difference. Grow up.

    Posted by: Just Sayin' | Feb 11, 2014 1:53:12 PM

  21. Kick him off for the rest of his miserable career

    Posted by: reality | Feb 11, 2014 2:01:04 PM

  22. Here's a thought Kent State.

    Expel him.

    Not for the remark, but for being so fundamentally stupid in making it that he can't possibly be Kent State material.

    Posted by: cminca | Feb 11, 2014 2:01:06 PM

  23. When you are representative of organizations it is not all about you any further. As a person he has a right to his own wrong personal beliefs but one must understand consequences. Very happy to hear of his suspension. VERY HAPPY! Damn happy. LMFAOROTF. Now he has even more time to watch the great news of coming out in the world of sport bigots.

    Posted by: Rebekah Majors-Manley | Feb 11, 2014 2:08:54 PM

  24. ...so typical of a young "mixed race" man..whom NEVER had to fight for HIS RIGHTS he TAKES for GRANTED...its PURE Ignorance and Lack Empathy & of education to ones own history.

    Posted by: disgusted american | Feb 11, 2014 2:10:11 PM

  25. Lots of guys make ignorant comments, but this guy really has no excuse for all he said, and no apology can really be enough, even one that is 100% sincere. He's an terrible human being.

    Posted by: Jack M | Feb 11, 2014 2:12:20 PM

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