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Posted: January 23, 2018

Georgia State soccer player withdraws from school after backlash over racial epithet

Georgia State Soccer Player Uses Racial Slur On Social Media, Suspended From Team

By Lauren Foreman and Raisa Habersham, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ATLANTA —

A Georgia State University soccer player who was suspended from the team after she used a racial epithet on social media has withdrawn from the school, officials said.

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Some students had called for the expulsion of 18-year-old freshman defender Natalia Martinez after the epithet appeared on her Finsta page, a secret version of Instagram that is growing in popularity among teens.

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“As a progressive, diverse university, we ... feel like this sort of behavior should not be tolerated,” said India Bridgeforth, who created a petition demanding the university take a tougher approach with Martinez.

The petition had garnered more than 500 signatures by Monday afternoon when the university announced Martinez had “officially withdrawn.”

Associate athletic director Mike Holmes told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that officials were made aware of Martinez’s post Friday morning — just days after the University of Alabama expelled a 19-year-old student who posted a video of a racist rant on her Finsta page.

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That student, Harley Barber, uploaded a second video on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in response to people who were upset by the language and threatened those who wanted to report her fake Instagram account, The Washington Post reported

In a statement, Georgia State University said the school does “not tolerate the language (Martinez) used in her post.”


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Georgia State soccer player suspended over racial slur used on social media

Georgia State soccer player suspended over racial slur used on social media

Georgia State University soccer team member Natalia Martinez has been suspended from the team after she used a racial epithet on social media, according to the school. (Credit: Georgia State University)

Georgia State soccer player suspended over racial slur used on social media

Georgia State University soccer player was suspended from the team after she used a racial epithet on social media, school officials said.

>> UPDATE: Georgia State soccer player withdraws from school after backlash over racial epithet

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Freshman defender Natalia Martinez’s name was stripped from the team’s online roster after the epithet appeared on her Finsta page, a secret version of Instagram that is growing in popularity among teens.

“We do not tolerate the language the student used in her post,” the university said in a statement.

Associate athletic director Mike Holmes told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that officials were made aware of Martinez’s post Friday morning. 

“We are handling the matter internally at the present time,” he said.

According to an online bio, Martinez is from Weston, Florida. Some Georgia State students are petitioning for her expulsion.

“As a progressive, diverse university, we ... feel like this sort of behavior should not be tolerated,” said India Bridgeforth, who created the petition, which already has more than 500 signatures.

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