In 2018, your social media past seems to always come back to haunt you. Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Kyler Murray issued an apology Sunday after coming under fire for years-old anti-gay tweets.
“I was young, (but) I own every single part of it,” Murray said on CBS’ “The NFL Today” show. “I used a poor choice of words. … I learned from it. It’s crucial to me that I move on from it at the same time own up to what I said, and move on and learn from it.”
Murray took to Twitter before the CBS appearance to do damage control.
I apologize for the tweets that have come to light tonight from when I was 14 and 15. I 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.
— Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) December 9, 2018
In the Twitter apology, Murray explained his innocence by pointing to the fact he was 14 and 15 when the tweets were posted, at which point he did not understand the gravity of the situation or the weight of his words. Murray nevertheless showed remorse for using offensive language, and needlessly spewing hate speech, in light of the circumstances. This is the second such incident where a person of color “Kevin Hart” had to apologizes over an old tweet
Murray, who led Oklahoma to a Big 12 title and a berth in the College Football Playoff, beat out Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to join Baker Mayfield as back-to-back Sooners quarterbacks to win the Heisman.