University of Minnesota Apologizes for Mascot's Mock Prayer

A spokesman for the University of Minnesota is apologizing on behalf of the school after its mascot, Goldy Gopher, mocked the prayer ritual of a member from the opposing team during a recent football game.

“It certainly wasn’t his intent to offend anyone or trivialize their religion,” stated Dan Wolter, director of the university’s news service, days after the incident.

“On behalf of Goldy and the University of Minnesota, I want to apologize to the Penn State player involved and anyone else who may have taken offense from this incident,” he added in a statement.

In the days after the University of Minnesota’s football team faced off against that of Penn State, fans from the latter school have expressed their outrage over how Goldy Gopher kneeled in front of defensive lineman Jerome Hayes as he prayed in the endzone prior to the game.

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Jerome Hayes needs no apology, considering that he and Penn State responded in the only way that really matters on the football field: they beat the living daylights out of Minnesota. I’m sure it feels nice, but they already accomplished what they came to the stadium that Saturday to do.

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