Mere days after the politically correct culture forced comedian and actor Kevin Hart from stepping down from his hosting gig at the Oscars, they turned their attention to 2018 Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray.
On one of the biggest nights of Murray’s life, he was forced to make a public apology for tweets he wrote when he was 15 years old.
USA Today writer Scott Gleeson reported the “homophobic” tweets included an “anti-gay slur” and “insensitive language”:
Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray had a Saturday to remember. But the Oklahoma quarterback’s memorable night also helped resurface social media’s memory of several homophobic tweets more than six years old.
When Murray was 15 years old, he tweeted at his friends (via his since-verified Twitter account) using an anti-gay slur to defame them. As of early Sunday morning, four offensive tweets using the slur remained active on his account and had not been deleted.
Murray was the second Oklahoma quarterback in a row to win the prestigious award and beat out Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who many considered the favorite to win.
“This is something I’ve dreamed of my whole life,” Murray said during the award ceremony, also per USA Today. “It hasn’t sunken in yet, but … this is crazy.”
“This football season, I mean, I just knew that if I did my job with the supporting cast I had around me, that I would have the chance to end up here,” he added. “To win it is a different story.”
But, Murray’s celebration was short-lived as internet trolls dug up tweets the quarterback wrote before he was legally old enough to drive.
The 21-year-old quarterback apologized over Twitter for the earlier tweets, saying he “used a poor choice of word that doesn’t reflect who I am or what I believe.”
“I apologize for the tweets that have come to light tonight from when I was 14 and 15,” Murray wrote. “I used a poor choice of word that doesn’t reflect who I am or what I believe. I did not intend to single out any individual or group.”
From USA Today:
Murray, 21 now, joins several other famous athletes to find themselves thrust in a negative spotlight as a result of their old tweets resurfacing in the midst of big accomplishments.
The Milwaukee Brewers’ Josh Hader had racist, homophobic and misogynistic tweets resurface from when he was 17 years old this past summer. Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen saw racist tweets resurface from his teenage years ahead of the NFL draft. And Villanova Final Four Most Outstanding Player Donte DiVincenzo had a profane tweet with racist rap lyrics surface on the Internet right after he helped the Wildcats win a national title.
Although he is eligible to play college football again in the 2019 season, Murray was recently drafted by the Oakland Athletic’s and is set to join the team in the Spring.
The team congratulated Murray for winning the Heisman Trophy:
Several others joined in on celebrating Murray, despite the controversy: