San Diego State University apologizes for UNM tweets

Posted at: 08/15/2013 10:29 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4

San Diego State fans love to say awful things about Lobo athletes, but tonight some of those fans and an administrator admit it's gone beyond the point of being funny.

UNM fans are prideful when it comes to their athletic programs, and particularly protective of their student athletes.

The San Diego State student fan club tweeted about UNM basketball player Cullen Neal, who was hospitalized in Australia last week for an emergency appendectomy.

The tweet said "Dear Mictlantecuhtli, Aztec God of Death, May your will be done in the life and death of Cullen Neal.  amen."

The same account then tweeted this about Australian native Hugh Greenwood: "Lobo fans are really gonna be pissed when they find out we called immigration about the validity of Hugh Greenwood's green card."

And this one: "Seriously, we can have so many Justin Bieber impersonators in this country. Get out. #deportgreenwood"

Later, the tweets take on a different tone.

"The individual responsible for the insensitive tweets no longer has access to our account. We hope Cullen Neal has a speedy recovery." and "After conferring with SDSU Athletic Department, we realized our tweet regarding UNM hoops were inappropriate. We apologize for the insensitive remarks."

Lobo Athletic Director Paul Krebs tweeted today that he received an apology from San Diego State, but said the apology wasn't necessary because an entire university shouldn't have to be sorry for the actions of one sick fan.