The University of Rhode Island president has condemned a racist social media post allegedly made by a student aimed at NFL player Emmanuel Ogbah following a game between the Miami Dolphins and the Jacksonville Jaguars.
President Marc B. Parlange sent out a statement saying that “The university learned today of an offensive, unacceptable and racist comment posted to social media earlier today, allegedly by one of our students.”
He continued, “This language is abhorrent and has no place in a community that is deeply committed to anti-racism. Given the significance of the issue, the university has taken immediate action and referred the matter to the university’s student conduct process for review.”
“I normally ignore stuff like this, but this is uncalled for!” Ogbah wrote on his social media after learning about and sharing the racist message. The message contains multiple racial slurs directed towards Ogbah and his teammates and also called them “trash.”
Kathy Collins, vice president of student affairs, said the university is unable to share any more information about the student pending the results of the investigation. Still, the person in question is allowed to accept responsibility for their action. If not, a hearing will be held, involving a panel of university members to determine whether any policies were violated.