Rodriguez accepts Southern Mississippi's apology

By the Associated Press | March 16, 2012 | 3:37 PM EDT

Kansas State guard Angel Rodriguez listens to a question during a news conference in Pittsburgh, Friday, March 16, 2012. Kansas State faces Syracuse in a third-round NCAA tournament college basketball game on Saturday. ( AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kansas State guard Angel Rodriguez says he has accepted Southern Mississippi's apology over remarks made by its band and has moved on.

The freshman says Friday he did hear the chants of "Where's your green card?" during the Wildcats' 70-64 second-round victory in the NCAA tournament Thursday and that the school's athletic director and "personnel from their school" came to the team hotel to apologize.

Rodriguez said he accepted the apology because "there's ignorant people and I know that's not how they want to represent their university."

Rodriguez added a civics lesson, saying he doesn't pay attention to that "nonsense, especially because Puerto Rico is a commonwealth, so we don't need no type of papers."

USM president Martha Saunders issued an apology Thursday in a statement.