NCAA Tournament

K-State’s Rodriguez accepts apology from Southern Miss

Kansas State guard Angel Rodriguez said Friday he has accepted Southern Mississippi’s apology over remarks made by its band and has moved on.

Rodriguez, who was born in Puerto Rico, said he did hear the chants of “Where’s your green card?” during the Wildcats’ 70-64 victory in the NCAA tournament Thursday and that Southern Miss’ athletic director and “personnel from their school” came to the team hotel to apologize.

Rodriguez said he accepted the apology because “there’s ignorant people and I know that’s not how they want to represent their university.”

Rodriguez also said he doesn’t pay attention to that “nonsense, especially because Puerto Rico is a commonwealth” of the United States.

Southern Miss president Martha Saunders issued an apology Thursday in a statement.