Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray has apologized for several homophobic tweets that surfaced on Saturday night following the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York City.
Murray used “queer” or “queers” on six occasions from 2011 through 2012 in response to others or individual tweets on the social media platform. At the time of the tweets, Murray would’ve been 14 and 15 years old.
Murray is the latest trending athlete whose past prior to his national fame has been brought to light.
Murray tweeted: “I apologize for the tweets that have come to light tonight from when I was 14 and 15. 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.”
After playing in the College Football Playoff later this month, Murray is expected to fulfill his promise to the Oakland A’s and begin his professional baseball career in the minor leagues.
“Man, this is crazy,” Murray said during the ceremony. “I’ve worked my whole life to fulfill my goals, but at the same time I know there’s a higher power looking down on me. He enables me to do all things, and for that I’m grateful for the many blessings that God has blessed me with. Also, I want to congratulate my boys here, Tua and Dwayne, for their two historic seasons. It’s been an honor to be with you guys the past two days and meet you all, be with y’all’s families, and I just want to say congratulations to you all.
“To the Heisman Trust and voters, I just want to say thank you for your support. This is crazy. Man, this is an honor, something that I’ll never forget, something I’ll always cherish for the rest of my life.”
Murray secured 517 first-place votes, with another 278 second-place votes and 60 third-place votes, good for a total of 2,167 points, as he won by nearly 300 points. He was featured on 92 percent of ballots, good for third all time behind Marcus Mariota and Troy Smith.
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SOURCE: 247Sports, by Brad Crawford