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Posted: January 31, 2018

Former Georgia State soccer player who used racial slur apologizes

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 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)

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Former Georgia State soccer player who used racial slur apologizes
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)

By Raisa Habersham, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A former Georgia State University soccer player who withdrew from school after making a racial slur on social media said she was remorseful during an exclusive interview Wednesday with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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“The truth is, I could give you excuses ... but what you need to know is what’s in my heart,” Natalia Martinez said by phone from her native south Florida.

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The epithet appeared on the freshman’s Finsta page, a secret version of Instagram that is growing in popularity among teens.

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Earlier, Martinez released a statement of apology, saying, “No words can properly express the remorse I feel about my use of that horrendous and disgusting word on social media last week. My incredibly poor choice of language in that post is beyond embarrassing.

“This mistake is something that I have to live with forever.”


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