Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray edged out Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa to win the 2018 Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, but the evening wasn’t without some controversy.
Shortly after the ceremony, tweets surfaced where Murray used homophobic language back between 2011 and 2012.
Per 247Sports, the words used by Murray were used when he was 14 and 15, but surfaced on Saturday night:
Murray used “queer” or “queers” on six occasions from 2011 through 2012 in response to others or individual tweets on the social media platform. At the time of the tweets, Murray would’ve been 14 and 15 years old.
After the ceremony, Murray tweeted an apology, saying he regrets his actions from a few years ago:
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
This sort of scandal is becoming more common as athletes who were on Twitter in middle and high schools become more prominent.
Though it doesn’t excuse Murray’s actions, and he was right to issue an apology, it is worth noting that he’s a lot different now than he was back then.