Heisman winner apologizes for past homophobic tweets

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Kyler Murray poses with the Heisman Trophy in New York City on Dec. 8, 2018.

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NORMAN, Okla. — Kyler Murray, the Oklahoma quarterback and newly minted Heisman winner, has apologized for homophobic tweets posted to his Twitter account several years ago.

“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,” he tweeted early Sunday. 

Murray, 21, also addressed the tweet Sunday on CBS’ “The NFL Today.”

“You know, I was young, I own every part of it. I used a poor choice of words. At the same time, me being at this stage, having this platform, I learned from it,” he said. “It’s critical for me, crucial to me that I move on from it, but at the same time, own up to what I said and move on and learn from it.”

The tweets have since been deleted from his account. Murray won college football’s most prestigious individual award Saturday night over Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins.

Murray, a junior from the Dallas suburbs, has signed a $4.66 million contract with the Oakland Athletics after he was selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft in June. This season may be his last in college football.

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