Southern Miss Band
March 21, 2012 by staff
Southern Miss Band, Looks like there are repercussions if you chant offensive stereotyped things at an opponent during an NCAA March Madness game, especially when the chant is “Where’s your green card?” and you’re attending college on a scholarship.
The University of Southern Mississippi revoked the scholarships of five members of its pep band who took part in the “heckling” of a Latino Kansas State basketball player at last Thursday’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament game.
The school announced Tuesday 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.
The students have not been identified.
Southern Miss issued an apology last week to Kansas State point guard Angel Rodr?guez after he was the target of chants of “Where’s your green card?” during the Wildcats’ 70-64 second-round victory. Rodr?guez had 13 points and four assists in the game.
Video of the chanting went viral after being posted on YouTube that same day.
Rodr?guez said he heard the chants, and Southern Miss’ athletic director and other personnel went to Kansas State’s team hotel to apologize.
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