Oklahoma University quarterback Kyler Murray has apologized for homophobic tweets made when he was a teenager.
Murray, now 21, was awarded the Heisman Trophy as the top player in college football on Saturday night and apologized via Twitter early Sunday.
“I apologize for the tweets that have come to light tonight from when I was 14 and 15,” he tweeted. “I used a poor choice of word that doesn’t reflect who I am or what I believe. I did not intend to single out any individual or group.”
I apologize for the tweets that have come to light tonight from when I was 14 and 15. I used a poor choice of word that doesn’t reflect who I am or what I believe. I did not intend to single out any individual or group.— Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) December 9, 2018
The tweets, most of which have since been deleted, surfaced on Saturday just hours after Murray was awarded the trophy. Screenshots of the tweets from 2011 and 2012 show repeated use of the word “queer” and “queers” to mock others.
Murray is the seventh winner of college football’s most prestigious award to come from the University of Oklahoma. This season, he threw for more than 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns.
The quarterback is not the first sports figure to face scrutiny for old tweets. This summer, Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader apologized for past posts in which he made racist and homophobic statements, including: “White power lol.”
And in the entertainment world, comedian Kevin Hart last week pulled out of hosting the Oscars after past homophobic tweets and comments resurfaced.