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A Georgia State University soccer player was suspended from the team after she used a racial epithet on social media, school officials said.
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.
Statement from GSU Athletics: pic.twitter.com/qLop6vODek— GSU Panthers (@GSUPanthers) January 20, 2018
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.