Kent State University wrestler Sam Wheeler has been indefinitely suspended for anti-gay tweets that appeared on his Twitter account Monday afternoon.
Responding to University of Missouri’s Michael Sam coming out, Wheeler tweeted “I can’t even watch Sports Center today cause all they are talking about is Marcus Smart or that fag from Mizzou…”
In a later tweet, Wheeler followed up to 2 other users with, “O geez I got all these fag boys mad at me now.”
The tweets were later deleted and Wheeler’s twitter account is no longer active.
“We are aware of the insensitive tweets by one of our student athletes,” Joel Nielsen, director of athletics, said in a statement released by the school. “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.”
Wheeler’s wrestling coach Jim Andrassy also issued a statement through the university:
“As an alum of Kent State University and as Sam’s head coach, I was surprised and offended by what I read on Twitter,” Andrassy said. “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.”