'Just Despicable Stuff': Shapiro Blasts Writer Who Reported on Heisman Winner's Teenage Tweets
Ben Shapiro slammed the writer who reported on past homophobic tweets from Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray hours after he won college football's top honor.
The since-deleted tweets were reported in USA Today early Sunday morning, in which Murray -- quarterback at the University of Oklahoma -- used an anti-gay slur toward his friends.
Shapiro, editor-in-chief of The Daily Wire, said on "The Story" that an off-color tweet from years past can be "a disincentive to success.'
He continued, "To take a kid who just won the peak trophy in college football and then search back to when he was 14 for something bad he said and then shame him over it? It's just despicable stuff."
Murray, now 21 years old, apologized for the past messages, saying they don't reflect who he is or what he believes in.
I apologize for the tweets that have come to light tonight from when I was 14 and 15. I used a poor choice of word that doesn’t reflect who I am or what I believe. I did not intend to single out any individual or group.
— Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) December 9, 2018
Shapiro also referenced comedian Kevin Hart, who announced on Thursday he was stepping down from hosting the 2019 Academy Awards after outcry over "insensitive" tweets from his past.
I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's....this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.
— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) December 7, 2018
Shortly after Hart was announced as the host of the show, several tweets that were deemed anti-gay and dated back to 2011 resurfaced.
"The idea that you're making the world a purer, better place for investigating every single thing that a person put on a social media site back 10, 15 years ago is just absurd," Shapiro said. "It's making the world a much worse place, a much more paranoid place."