Kansas University Athletics suspended a cheerleader on Monday over a Snapchat photo that mentioned the KKK and Donald Trump. The Snapchat featured three male cheerleaders wearing “K” — as in Kansas — sweaters lined up next to each other, with “Kkk go Trump” written over the image.
The university’s associated athletic director Jim Marchiony told the Kansas City Star that cheerleader Lili Gagin was suspended for posting the Snapchat. He said officials learned about the image during a Monday men’s basketball game against the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Marchiony also confirmed that the men in the picture were members of the cheer squad, and said that they are under investigation and not suspended.
Kansas University Athletics responded on Twitter to a student who reported the Snapchat photo. The tweet read, “Unacceptable. She is suspended from cheering pending formal investigation. This behavior won’t be tolerated. Will be dealt with appropriately.”
According to the Star, Gagin, a sophomore, denied posting the photo in a statement on her own Twitter account: “I’m appalled that a Snapchat was put out on my Snapchat and posted to my account. I would never (have) done that & I apologize that it happened,” Gagin reportedly wrote.