The 2012 NCAA Tournament — specifically the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles — came under a shrew of controversy after members of the school’s band yelled “Where’s your green card” at Kansas State Wildcats player Angel Rodriguez, who is of Hispanic descent, during a NCAA basketball tournament game Thursday.
As CNN reports, the incident, which was captured by cameras broadcasting the gave on TV, occurred during the Southern Miss and Kansas State game at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As Kansas State point guard Angel Rodriguez shot free throws, several people can clearly be heard saying the ‘green card’ chant.
However, Rodriguez kept his game face on, and pushed through the racial epithets to help Kansas State win in a 70-64 victory, knocking Southern Miss out the tournament.
Martha Saunders, Southern Miss President, issued an apology by stating on the school’s website, “We deeply regret the remarks made by a few students at today’s game. The words of these individuals do not represent the sentiments of our pep band, athletic department or university. We apologize to Mr. Rodriguez and will take quick and appropriate disciplinary action against the students involved in this isolated incident.“
Shoutout to Angel for pushing through in the midst of pressure and controversy. To Souther Miss: it’s never that serious guys…never!—Keenan Higgins