Sunday the MIAMI HERALD reported that in the recent aftermath of Univ. of Miami football coach Randy Shannon banning Hurricane players from Twitter use, UM quarterback Jacory Harris indicated that he had been the target of a “racially charged hate message.”
Harris told the Herald and other South Florida media outlets Sunday that after Miami lost at Ohio State a week ago, he was “hurt” and “disheartened” by a Tweet directed to his Twitter account that claimed Hurricane fans “don’t want a black quarterback” at UM.
“I guess that was the one I picked to read and it was just the wrong one.’ I told myself right after the game, I was like, `Don’t look at it.’ But you see some things and you get kind of hurt because sometimes it’s your fans that say the things and they’ll be the ones that probably just before the game wrote you some encouraging message, and then after the game say that they don’t want a black quarterback here. Stuff like that, so it’s cool.”
Slater reported that the racist message in question directed at Harris came from the Twitter user account, “motown305.” (Cache if account deleted.) The name of the user on the account is Douglas Diaz. The racist message from the motown305 account directed at Harris was posted on Sept. 11 at 4:45pm ET:
@JacoryHarris12 u fu– suck Thanks for We dnt need u or your sh—- coach Go back to the ghetto Blk QB’s suk we need wipples kid ur a choker
An additional, racist message about Harris and Shannon came from the motown305 account on Sept. 12, 9:44pm ET:
i got to dumb it down for u black boy. Imma end this plesant convo. Now. Miami will nvr win. With a ni—- coach and ni—- QB.
From those messages, the Herald’s description of the entries directed at Harris as “racially charged hate messages” was dead on.
Miami defensive end Marcus Forston to the Herald on the impact the Tweets had on Harris:
Maybe it’s just me, but “fan” isn’t quite the word I’d use to describe the person who Tweeted those messages.
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