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‘Stick to GRINDR’: University investigates anti-gay taunts at basketball game

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Monmouth University’s president promises to investigate and address homophobic chants directed at a Siena College basketball player.

As Siena College returned to the floor of the OceanFirst Bank Center in West Long Branch, N.J. for the second half on Friday, March 6, 2020, several young men standing in Monmouth University’s student seating section were photographed displaying wat were said to be copies of one of the Siena player’s profiles on the dating application Tinder. Another young man was photographed holding a large whiteboard over his head with the message “Stick to GRINDR.’ 

The president of New Jersey’s Monmouth University has pledged to investigate and address homophobic chants and taunts directed at a player from Siena College during the last home game of the men’s basketball season on Friday.

USA Today reported that when Siena returned to the court in the second half, several young men standing in the Monmouth seating section located behind the basket at the east end of the OceanFirst Bank Center in West Long Branch, N.J., held up printouts that were said to be from the Tinder dating app profile of a Siena player, and chanted homophobic slurs.

Another young man standing behind them held up a large whiteboard with these words written on it: “Stick to GRINDR.”

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Patrick Leahy, president of Monmouth University, issued a letter Saturday, that he tweeted on Sunday, declaring, “discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated.”

According to USA Today, this happened just two nights after Gay Pride Night at a Monmouth Hawks men’s basketball game. That event, along with one at a women’s basketball game on Feb. 27, was organized by Monmouth women’s tennis captain Caroline Mattise, who is gay.

Monmouth lost to Siena Friday, 86-72.