Kent State wrestler Sam Wheeler suspended for homophobic Michael Sam tweets
Kent State wrestler Sam Wheeler was suspended indefinitely on Monday in the wake of a series of homophobic tweets he sent about Michael Sam. After Sam decided to publicly come out as gay on Sunday evening, Wheeler took to Twitter to remind everyone that opinions are sometimes best kept to yourself.
Wheeler has since deactivated his Twitter account, but KentWired.com shared a screenshot of some of the incredibly inappropriate comments he made.
Kent State acted quickly to suspend the sophomore, who is one of the better athletes on the team and has compiled a 26-5 record last season.
“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,” Kent State athletic director Joel Nielsen said in a statement on Monday. “This is an educational opportunity for all of our student-athletes.”
Wheeler can think whatever he wants, but plastering it all over Twitter is just plain childish. Unfortunately, he’s not the only athlete who has said idiotic things about Sam. We’re glad there were immediate consequences for him.