A message board on which Huskers players and coaches had been posting messages celebrating the holidays was deleted on Christmas Eve.
The message board was called “Christmas and Huskers,” and it posted more than 30,000 messages over the past few days.
The Huskers posted an apology and an invitation for the team to return to the message board in the coming days.
In the post, the team said, “It has come to our attention that the message boards created to promote this holiday season are not appropriate for the celebration of Christmas.
The message boards had attracted a flood of hate from people who felt the team was taking a holiday approach to the holiday season, the post said. “
We have already made changes to the website to address the issue.”
The message boards had attracted a flood of hate from people who felt the team was taking a holiday approach to the holiday season, the post said.
Some of the messages were racist and sexist, with people accusing the Huskers of “taking advantage of women and the disabled” to promote their brand.
One of the players, Zach Banner, responded to the hate by posting a message of support for the messageboard, saying he had also been threatened for writing the message.
“Huskers Football has no tolerance for any type of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, etc. and is committed to promoting inclusion and diversity of opinion within our community,” the message said.
Banner wrote in his post that he had been harassed for his “tolerance for all.”
“I was called a ‘nigger,’ a ‘faggot,’ a [n-word], and other insults,” Banner wrote.
I’m so thankful for the support and encouragement I’ve received from my teammates, coaches, and fans. “
As a player, you don’t expect to be subjected to such harassment.
I’m so thankful for the support and encouragement I’ve received from my teammates, coaches, and fans.
I hope the messages from these hate sites that have made me feel unsafe on our team will be addressed soon.”
Huskers coach Mike Riley apologized to his players and staff on Sunday for the hate message board.
“This happened in the last few days and we will do better,” Riley wrote.
The messages on the Husker message boards have been removed.
Huskers head coach Mike Rumph apologized on the message forum Sunday.
“It is absolutely not acceptable to post any type or type of hate or hateful things on our message boards,” he wrote.