University investigating football players' gay slurs Published: October 3, 2013

University of Mississippi officials are investigating a report from The Daily Mississippian in which a number of Mississippi football players were among an audience that used "borderline hate speech" in verbally harassing student actors during a university theater production of The Laramie Project, according to USA TODAY.

The paper reports a person with knowledge of the incident who was not authorized to speak on behalf of the theater department told USA TODAY Sports the audience Tuesday largely drew from an introductory theater appreciation class, which is a fine arts elective that the university's freshmen can choose. The person attributed much of the reaction to the audience being made up primarily of first-semester freshmen.

The play is based on the murder of Mathew Shepard, a University of Wyoming student who was killed in 1998 due to his sexual orientation, USA TODAY reports.

See this story on

Trending Now


  1. 1
    Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert signs his rookie contract with the Cleveland Browns
  2. 2
    Kevin Durant asks for your basketball videos in Summer is Serious 2
  3. 3
    Big 12 basketball: Time, TV listing announced for Sooners' December game against Washington
  4. 4
    Lawsuit: 'Duck Dynasty' stole 'camo' idea
  5. 5
    Here's What Gaza Explosions Look Like From Space
+ show more