Iowa Apologizes for Slurs Aimed at Wisconsin Wrestler

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The University of Iowa athletic department apologized this week to a University of Wisconsin wrestler who was the target of racially insensitive remarks during a Saturday dual meet at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Austin Gomez tweeted Tuesday that a racial slur was directed toward him from the stands as he left the mat following his 3-2 decision over Iowa's Vince Turk in the 149-pound match. The Associated Press reported that Gomez said he could not identify the person who used the slur.

"The Iowa Athletics Department was made aware of a situation that occurred on Saturday during our wrestling match at Carver-Hawkeye Arena against the University of Wisconsin," read a statement released Monday, as reported by HawkCentral. "One of Wisconsin’s student-athletes reported a fan in the stands yelling racially insensitive remarks directed at he and his family. The University of Iowa denounces any act of hatred and is committed to providing a safe and equitable environment.

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