USA Today Reporter on Kyler Murray Tweets

By Michael Morris | December 10, 2018 | 3:42pm EST
2018 Heisman Trophy Winner Kyler Murray (Screenshots)

2018 Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray was recently called out for tweets reportedly made when he was 15-years-old, USA Today reporter Scott Gleeson writing that Murray “tweeted at his friends (via his since-verified Twitter account) using an anti-gay slur to defame them.”

The headline of the USA Today piece reads: “Kyler Murray apologizes for homophobic tweets that resurfaced after he won Heisman Trophy.”

The author of the piece, Gleeson, a News & Enterprise Reporter claims the following about himself on his USA Today profile page:

“I'm a Chicago resident who grew up watching Michael Jordan stick his tongue out, and joined USA TODAY in 2011 — digital editing/writing on college and pro basketball. Now I mostly cover breaking news and social issues through a sports lens. My enterprise and human interest work on the LGBT movement in sports made me an APSE award finalist in 2016 and a USBWA award winner in 2017. Away from a keyboard, I'm an avid marathon runner with an embarrassing addiction to boyband music. My personal passion is my family — namely my little brother, Micah, and dog, Miles.”

On Sunday, Murray apologized via Twitter “for the tweets that have come to light tonight from when I was 14 and 15.” The Oklahoma quarterback further stated that he “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.”

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