Just hours after winning the award, though, several of his old homophobic tweets surfaced on Twitter.
Update: He apologized in the early hours of Sunday morning via Twitter:
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
Murray used an anti-gay slur both on its own and when tweeting at his friends in 2011 and 2012 — when he was 14 and 15 years old. The tweets in question were deleted from Murray’s account late Saturday night.
Warning: The following tweets contain language that may be found offensive.
Oklahoma did not immediately respond to a request for comment from USA Today on Saturday night.
Murray is now the latest athlete to have old racist, homophobic or offensive tweets resurface. Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader had racist and homophobic tweets surface during the MLB All-Star game this summer, and Bills quarterback Josh Allen had racist tweets surface just before he was selected in the NFL draft.
Murray, who was drafted by the Oakland A’s with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 MLB draft, led the Sooners to a Big 12 championship this season and a spot in the College Football Playoff. The junior threw for 4,053 yards and 40 touchdowns this year.
No. 4 Oklahoma will take on No. 1 Alabama in the College Football Playoff on Dec. 29.
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