A man has had his sports scholarship rescinded after he was filmed shouting homophobic and racist abuse.
18 year-old Bronson Harmon claims that the California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) are violating his “freedom of speech” by rescinding his scholarship, which was awarded based on his wrestling skills.
The video depicts Harmon holding a pro-Trump sign and making offensive gestures at people protesting Trump’s US border policy, which famously saw families split up.
Abdul Lasaing, who filmed and posted the video, said:
I heard a group of men shouting and trying to scare us by saying #sendthemback and even yelled at someone ‘n****r’.
I was so choked so I automatically pulled out my phone to record and see who was being so disrespectful.
The footage has been viewed more than 30,000 times, leading to Harmon being identified and the university alerted.
Harmon has since apologised about his comments. He said:
Saying what I said is definitely not the right thing.
I am supposed to be there to help the community and be the best person I can be and represent the college the best way I can.
Yet he still claimed that the university is undermining his freedom of speech by removing his scholarship.
I still feel like my freedom of speech was taken away, and I don’t think my scholarship should have been revoked over something like that.
While Harmon still has a right to speech and expression, the university also has a right to choose who it wishes to be associated with - that's how freedom of speech works, folks.