Quarterback Kyler Murray won college football’s most prestigious individual award on Saturday night (8 December).
The 21-year old Oklahoma footballer won the Heisman Trophy, beating out Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa.
‘This is crazy,’ Murray said in his acceptance speech. ‘This is an honor, something that I’ll never forget. Something that I’ll always cherish for the rest of my life.’
But just hours later, six-year-old homophobic tweets of his resurfaced online of him using the word ‘queer’. He was 14/15 years old at the time.
One tweet from 5 February 2012 read: ‘Y’all are queers’. Another from 24 August 2012 simply read: ‘Queers’.
And another from 25 November 2011 read: ‘I don’t even know what you two queers are talking about’.
In the early hours of Sunday (9 December), Murray then tweeted his apology.
‘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,’ he wrote.
Addressing past homophobic tweets
This latest controversy comes about after comedian Kevin Hart’s previous homophobic tweets resurfaced last week.
Screen grabs show that in 2010 he tweeted: ‘U ever see a woman so horrible built that it makes u feel gay looking at her body? Lmao yess ol grace jones looking ass woman.’
One from 31 August 2009 furthermore reads: ‘lmao, that’s why u sweat 4 know reason u fat faced fag.’
Hart was due to host the 2019 Oscars, but stepped down after the controversy came to light.
He initially refused to apologize, but then later relented.
‘I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s’ Hart wrote in a tweet on Friday (7 December).
He later tweeted: ‘I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past’.