Southern Miss issues apology for racist comments

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Kansas State's Angel Rodriguez and Southern Mississippi's Neil Watson. (AP photo)

PITTSBURGH — A university president apologized after members of a school’s band yelled “where’s your green card” at a Hispanic player during a NCAA basketball tournament game Thursday.

The incident was captured by television cameras and occurred during the Southern Miss and Kansas State game at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

As Kansas State point guard Angel Rodriguez shot free throws, several people can clearly be heard saying the green card chant.

Rodriguez did not change his expression during the chants and helped push Kansas State to a victory by scoring 13 points.

Southern Miss president Martha Saunders issued an apology.

“We deeply regret the remarks made by a few students at today’s game,” Saunders said in a statement posted on the school’s website. “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.”

The eighth-seeded Kansas State Wildcats beat the ninth-seeded Southern Miss Golden Eagles 70-64, knocking them out of the tournament.

Credit: CNN.