Posted October 04, 2013

Report: Ole Miss players to attend ‘educational dialogue’ after disrupting performance

Ole Miss Rebels

Ole Miss football players who allegedly disrupted a campus theater performance will be required to attend an “educational dialogue” session led by the school, Hugh Kellenberger of the Jackson [Miss.] Clarion-Ledger reports.

The Daily Mississippian, the Ole Miss student newspaper, first reported on Thursday that several football players attending a student performance of “The Laramie Project” heckled the performers with homosexual slurs and inappropriate language. The play tells the story of Matthew Shepard, an openly gay University of Wyoming student who was killed in 1998 due to his sexual orientation.

According to the student newspaper, many of the players were in attendance as a requirement for a freshman-level theater course. Reports indicated that players were “taking pictures of cast members while making fun of them, talking on their cell phones, hollering at the females in the cast and talking to other audience members during the acts.”

The Ole Miss athletic department forced the players to apologize to the student performers, and Ole Miss chancellor Dan Jones and athletic director Ross Bjork also issued a statement Thursday afternoon condemning the behavior and confirming an investigation into the actions.

The school released another statement to USA Today on Friday, describing the difficulty in pinpointing those responsible:

“The task of identifying specific individuals who were purported to have disrupted the performance is difficult because of the dark theatre, and initial reports vary in regard to the frequency, volume and source of the comments or disruption. Although initial reports indicate that student-athletes led the action, it is important to note that this has not been verified and they were not the only students present. Reports indicate that comments were made by student athletes and students but no report has singled out a specific student or mentioned any names.”

10 comments
RichardHernandez
RichardHernandez

Ole Miss will NOT punish these players. Football first. Ethics is a distant second in the SEC-especially at Ole Racist Miss

bubbalooey
bubbalooey

Aha, re-education camps, purge old thoughts, cleanse the mind and teach how they should think,  Wonder if Hitler had these camps?

wildbill46
wildbill46

As long as this sort of perverted garbage is forced on students at our so-called educational institutions, an atmosphere of moral indignation will often lead to offended parties resorting to ridicule.

mKompanik
mKompanik

Gotta love the South - These players would have to sit out a game or two elsewhere for this horrendous behavior - but here they merely have to attend an "educational dialog session"  whatever the hell that is.   God you guys love your football!  Even your felons don't have to sit out if the teams vote to let them play. 

CraigWolf
CraigWolf

@wildbill46 You tell 'em!  To hell with civility and manners!  What possible good can come of being exposed to points of view dissimilar to one's own?  Oh, if only moral and upright Christian universities could learn to play good football!   We could then leave the heathens to their own devices.   Wildbill46, I am with you in solidarity, brother!  After all, what will they teach our spotless, pure, and innocent children next?  Shakespeare?  Talk about perverted garbage, what with the sex, mutilation, patricide, fratricide, and frankly non-Christian leanings!  Wildbill46, let's get the ridicule flowing!  I'm ready!   Are you?  It's time we returned to the solid teachings of the (admittedly small) non-perverted parts of the Bible!  Onward!  Onward for non-perversion!  Onward for ill-mannnered slope-browed thuggish moronic behavior in the name of decency!