University of Rhode Island investigating racist Instagram message aimed at Dolphins’ Emmanuel Ogbah

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South Kingstown, RI – The president of the University of Rhode Island has condemned a racist social media post It was reportedly created by a student and aimed at an NFL player.

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URI is investigating the post, which took place on Instagram Sunday after the NFL game between the Miami Dolphins and the Jacksonville Jaguars, and has since been deleted.

The post has since been deleted, as followed by a tweet Dolphins Defensive Lineman Emmanuel Ogbah, who shared the message that was aimed at him, according to sports websites.

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“I usually ignore things like this but it’s unnecessary!” Ogba wrote in his post.

A URI spokesperson said on Tuesday that the university came to know about a post purportedly sent by a student to a member of the Dolphins. David Lovely said it contained offensive and racist language, but would not comment further.

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Cathy Collins, vice president of student affairs, said the university was unable to share any further information about the student pending the results of the investigation.

The President of URI, Mark B Parlange, immediately sent a statement to the college community, which said, “The University today became aware of an objectionable, unacceptable and racist remark allegedly posted on social media by one of our students.” This language is abhorrent and has no place in a community that is committed to anti-racism.

“Given the importance of this issue, the University has taken immediate action and referred the matter to the University’s Student Conduct Procedure for review.”

Collins said the person in question is allowed to accept responsibility for his or her action. If not, a hearing is held, which may include a panel of university members who will determine whether a policy was violated.

Sanctions can range from warnings to expulsions.

URI’s Chief Diversity Officer Mary Grace Almandrez said her office invites all students to contact her department if they need counseling or any other form of assistance.

“We heard that the students appreciated that our senior-most leader issued a statement so quickly,” she said. “They understood it was a compound [that] Took such things seriously.”

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