Knight News - Photos posted online of Gator fansâ€™ rape-themed shirts are drawing ire from students and from the schoolâ€™s own news publication. One picture shows a man, believed to be a University of Florida student, tailgating at The Swamp before Saturdayâ€™s rivarly game against the Florida State Seminoles. His shirt says â€śThe Rapersâ€ť on the front and â€śForced Sex Universityâ€ť on the back â€” referencing FSUâ€™s quarterback Jameis Winstonâ€™s connection to an alleged sexual assault.
UFâ€™s student newspaper, The Independent Alligator, published an editorial condemning the behavior and issued an apology to the victim and her family, saying the behavior was a â€śdisgusting display of ignorance.â€ť â€śFor a university thatâ€™s supposed to be a hotbed for forward thinking, the actions of UF fans on Saturday represented one giant step backward,â€ť the editorial stated.
I know, I couldn’t believe these shirts either. Â Seriously what makes UF think they have the right to talk shit to FSU this year? Â I mean have they looked at their record, or their coach, or the highlights of their loss to an FCS team with 0 completed passes featuring your own players blocking each other? Â Takes a lot of brass balls to still show up in your trash talk gear and then proceed to get blown the fuck out to absolutely nobody’s surprise. Â But that’s just what rivalries do. Â Forget the wins and losses and just take the hardest shot possible at the other side. Â Only problem for these UF bros is there’s no *ALLEGEDLY* anywhere on the shirt which in my professional journalistic experience equals lawsuit city.