Controversial chant stirs up national headlines

By Cole Manbeck

When Angel Rodriguez was shooting free throws in K-State’s 70-64 victory over Southern Mississippi on Thursday, members of the Golden Eagles’ band chanted “where’s your green card” multiple times to the freshman point guard.

The story became a national headline on Thursday, and on Friday, Rodriguez, who is originally from Puerto Rico and doesn’t need a green card as it is, commented on the chant.

“I heard it when I was shooting the free throw,” Rodriguez said. “I don’t pay attention to that nonsense, especially because Puerto Rico is a commonwealth so we don’t need papers.”

The Southern Mississippi president issued a public apology to K-State and Rodriguez for the chant, while the Golden Eagles’ athletic director apologized to K-State athletic director John Currie and to Martin and Rodriguez as well.

“I accepted (the apology) because there are ignorant people and I know that’s not how they want to represent their university,” Rodriguez said. “I’ve moved on already. I’ve got a game to focus on.”

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