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Southern Mississippi Racist Chant: Kansas States' Angel Rodriguez Accepts Apology

03/16/12 03:33 PM ET AP

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Angel Rodriguez of Kansas State at the free throw line during a game against Southern Mississippi.

PITTSBURGH -- Kansas State guard Angel Rodriguez says he has accepted Southern Mississippi's apology over remarks made by its band and has moved on.

The freshman says Friday he did hear the chants of "Where's your green card?" during the Wildcats' 70-64 second-round victory in the NCAA tournament Thursday and that the school's 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 added a civics lesson, saying he doesn't pay attention to that "nonsense, especially because Puerto Rico is a commonwealth, so we don't need no type of papers."

USM president Martha Saunders issued an apology Thursday in a statement.

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