Photo courtesy of USC athletics
After a series of racist tweets in regards to shooting protesters of the George Floyd murder and the ongoing crisis of racism in the United States, the University of Southern California has revoked the privileges of a booster connected to the football team.
Los Angeles Police Department Union attorney Maria Brown, a Trojan Athletic Fund member, made a series of racist tweets. She claimed that protesters “needed to be shot” and that she “can’t wait to shoot protesters”
It was disgusting. Fortunately, USC acted swiftly. USC revoked Brown’s rights to season tickets, refunding her money and flagging her account to prevent any future purchases at the school.
This was confirmed in a statement from USC Athletic Director Mike Bohn.
Racism and hate speech will not be tolerated. pic.twitter.com/Ariz9zkdJ1
— Mike Bohn (@USC_mikebohn) June 1, 2020
By doing this, USC said it will not stand for racism — a lesson Liberty could learn from regarding Jerry Falwell Jr.
The player in Brown’s profile picture is former USC wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. Pittman was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the recent NFL Draft.
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Pittman spoke out about the incident on Twitter.
@SoCalMAB if you truly believe the things you have said, I politely ask you to take me out of your profile picture. This is disappointing, I know my true Trojan family would never. In times like this, it is important for us to stand together. https://t.co/CH5aVAwiTz
— MPJ (@MikePitt_Jr) June 1, 2020
Brown attempted to explain her tweets.
“It was a stupid thing to do. I was wrong. I generally temper myself better on things like this because this is not how I feel.” Marla Brown said. “You know, obviously, they view them as racist. The people who complained about it view them as racist. That’s their view. If I sat there and looked at it, I can see that someone might view them as racist. But I can also see that they could be viewed as not necessarily racist.”
USC took all the right steps here and showed universities exactly how to handle situations like this with class. Even if it hurts the bottom line of the school, USC didn’t care. The university took the right action to distance itself from Brown and needs to be commended for such action.