5 Southern Miss Band Members Lose Scholarships Over Chant

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Angel Rodriguez. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Angel Rodriguez. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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(WSCR) Five members of the University of Southern Mississippi pep band have lost their scholarship after participating in a racially-insensitive chant during the NCAA Tournament last week.

As Kansas State’s Angel Rodriguez, a Puerto Rico native, lined up to shoot two free throws, members of the band began chanting “Where’s your green card?”

According to a report, the university released a statemented saying the five had their pep band scholarships revoked, were removed from the band and will be required to complete a two-hour cultural sensitivity training course this week.

“The students have been forthcoming, cooperative, contrite and sincerely remorseful,” USM Vice President for Student Affairs Joe Paul said in a statement. “They acted rashly and inappropriately, and now see the gravity of their words and actions.”

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