Football Recruit Kicked Off Team for Racist Video

Nate Panza, who rushed for more than 1,100 yards and scored 19 touchdowns in his career at Morristown-Beard, has been kicked off the Cornell University football team after using the N-word on a video that was posted on Snapchat, according to the Cornell Daily Sun.

The school newspaper’s website said the video prompted several Black student associations at Cornell to call for discipline, and Panza, an incoming freshman who signed his national letter of intent in February, has been booted from the team.

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“A video was taken of me using a word that is offensive and hurtful,” Panza wrote in a statement to The Sun on Monday night. “The word has a long history of cruelty for the black community and is simply wrong. I am heartbroken I have hurt people; those I know and those I do not. I take full responsibility for my actions.” “I do not believe that my language that night aligns with who I have tried to be as a person, the values I live by or the manner in which I have conducted myself as an athlete,” he continued. “My immediate reaction to the video was to reach out to my entire high school community to offer my sincerest apologies.”

The University of Richmond also tweeted a response Monday morning, saying that it was investigating the matter, after another account tagged them in the video. Giaquinto declined to comment to The Sun.

Hopefully this sends a message to anybody who thinks making a racist video won't come back to haunt them.

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