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UNT turns over football player’s raccoon video to authorities

UNT turns over football player’s raccoon video to authorities

UNT turns over football player’s raccoon video to authorities
January 30
19:21 2019

UNT turned over the footage of a raccoon mauling from football player Khairi Muhammad’s Snapchat story to authorities in another jurisdiction Tuesday following the identification of the out-of-state location the video was taken by UNT police, a UNT spokesperson said.

The video, which Muhammad put on his Snapchat on Sunday, featured a raccoon in a cage being released by a group of people, who then filmed and could be heard laughing at the mauling and killing of the raccoon by three dogs. At the end of the video, an individual who was not Muhammad can be seen hitting the raccoon with a stick.

The video was screen recorded and then posted on multiple Twitter accounts. Those posts have since been deleted. People online commented on the posts, calling for action to be taken by the university or authorities.

UNT News Director Leigh Anne Gullett said the footage could not be turned over to authorities until the proper jurisdiction was located. Gullett could not share that location.

Muhammad posted a statement addressing the video to his Twitter on Sunday evening, a few hours after the videos were posted to Twitter.

“I understand that the video that I took and has been posted to social media was in bad taste and sincerely apologize for the insensitive nature of the content,” Muhammad wrote. “I understand that I represent a lot of people and my actions also reflect on them. I will learn from this and use it to make better decisions in the future.”

The Daily reached out to Muhammad through Twitter, but he did not return comment and has since made his account private.

The university also released a second statement on Tuesday, following one from Monday.

“The activities portrayed in the video are not representative of our values,” Gullett said in the statement. “We have high expectations for our community members to behave in a manner that positively represents themselves and the university. While we don’t condone or support any of the activities, we believe it is our mission as a university to help our students learn and grow.”

The university’s statement from Monday said the “Athletics program plans to use this as a teaching moment.”

“While individual student records are protected by federal privacy laws, all potential violations of our rigorous Student Code of Conduct are carefully investigated by the Dean of Students Office,” Gullett said.

The Dean of Students Office was contacted but was not able to comment “based on federal privacy laws,” namely the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, which prevents the university from discussing details involving students.

The UNTsocial Twitter page, the official Twitter page of the university, replied to users questioning UNT’s reaction to the video.

“We know people don’t always make the right decisions, but it is our hope that we can guide our students to a path that exhibits our shared values of compassion, equality and understanding in an effort to not only educate, but help mold good citizens,” the account tweeted on Tuesday.

In a response to UNTsocial, Twitter user @marissisabellaa tweeted that incidences like this are part of why she transferred from UNT.

“A regular student wouldn’t have the same punishment as an athlete,” she wrote. “You guys are worried about selling tickets and that’s it.”

Featured Image: Khairi Muhammad. Courtesy Mean Green Sports. 

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Sean Riedel

Sean Riedel

Sean Riedel was the news editor at the North Texas Daily from August 2018 to May 2019, and previously served as a staff writer from June 2017 to August 2018.

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2 Comments

  1. Kirk
    Kirk February 05, 14:15

    Yo I would love to see the video of that raccoon. How can I do so? Who must I talk to?

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  2. Jay
    Jay February 05, 18:21

    A tragedy that UNT and their scholarship program does not revoke this man’s scholarship. An individual that chooses to trap a wild animal, plan an attack, and video the attack for social media is not someone deserving of a scholarship. Oh wait…he had 67 tackles last season. He has established himself as undeserving to be a part of the student body and certainly not a scholarship student. I along with many others will be at every home game as a reminder of his actions.

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