College football players suspended over racist messages

College football players suspended over racist messages

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The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Chancellor Jim Schmidt announced that several students are suspended from the football team for their involvement in a racist Snapchat sent out this week.

The message referenced a Black Male Empowerment (BME) meeting and a picture of KKK members burning a cross. “For all who can't make the BME meeting, (name of student) and I are holding WME tonight at 7,” the message read, with WME meaning White Male Empowerment.

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According to the Journal-Sentinel, a second message referred to a player as “the great wizard.”

Assistant Chancellor Mike Rindo said the university cannot identify the suspended students, but the vice president of BME said the group received the screenshots from a team member.

Jalen Thomas, Vice President of BME and former UWEC football player says he knows the players involved in the incident. “Our organization actually got the screenshots from a player... it was in a football group chat with juniors on the team," said Thomas. "These young men are adults. They're juniors in college so they know right from wrong. I really don’t care if it’s a joke or not, there are a lot of sensitive things in our country's history that you just don’t touch on," he said.

Schmidt told the newspaper that he was “thoroughly disgusted, disappointed and angered” over the incident and that the actions would not be tolerated. He didn’t specify the potential discipline the players could receive, Fox News reports.

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