Monmouth University officials have launched an investigation after students allegedly targeted a basketball player from an opposing team with homophobic taunts.
Photos distributed on social media show at least one person holding a sign that read “Stick to Grindr” during Monmouth’s Friday night game against visiting Siena College, The Asbury Park Press reported.
Grindr is a dating app geared toward the LGBT community and widely associated with gay men.
Other attendees at the game held up photos allegedly taken from the Siena College player’s dating profile, according to LGBT outlet Queerty.
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Just two days prior to the incident, Monmouth held a Gay Pride Night at a men’s basketball game.
Monmouth University President Patrick Leahy issued a statement condemning the “highly offensive actions.”
“Please be assured that we are working swiftly to gather additional details and to directly address the behavior with those involved,” Leahy said in the statement, which was released on Sunday.
“We value every member of our campus community. Strong and inclusive communities are built on a bond of trust. When that bond is broken, we take it very seriously. Discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated on this campus.”
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Monmouth ended up losing its contest with Siena, 86-72.
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