USA Today SLAMMED For Hit Piece On Heisman Trophy Winner

University of Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray celebrated one of the biggest nights of his football career on Saturday when he was told he was the winner of the Heisman Trophy.

The celebrations were short-lived, however, after four tweets the quarterback wrote when he was 15 had resurfaced.

USA Today writer Scott Gleeson authored the story which claimed the “homophobic” tweets included an “anti-gay slur” and “insensitive language.”

But, as the Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra reported, the hit piece which resulted in Murray providing a public apology has backfired tremendously for the publication.

Shortly after Murray won the Heisman, Gleeson wrote an article highlighting a couple of things that Murray tweeted from when he was 15-years-old:

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.

Gleeson embarrassingly included this line in his piece:

The Oklahoma athletics department did not immediately respond to an inquiry by USA TODAY Sports regarding the tweets late Saturday night.

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Gleeson thought that OU’s athletic department was going to respond to him late on Saturday night as they were celebrating one of their athletes winning the Heisman Trophy.

Despite writing the tweets before Murray was legally allowed to drive, the 21-year-old issued the following apology.

“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.”

Some people online were frustrated over the hit piece and criticized USA Today and Gleeson directly for the report: