Vasquez: FSU fans were 'being racist'

February, 5, 2010
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Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez, native of Venezuela, was subjected to all sorts of taunts he said were "racist" during yesterday's win at Florida State. One fan even held up a sign that read:

DEPORT VASQUEZ

"They (Florida State fans) were being racist, they were talking about deporting me and sending me back home, calling me Mexican when I’m Venezuelan," Vasquez told D1scource after the game. "It was pretty bad, so they deserved to lose. That's why they lost. I showed up like I showed up, like I'm the best player on the court and they have to take it like that."

The Orlando Sentinel's Andrew Carter called the sign "stupid," and the Washington Post's Steve Yanda called the Florida State student section "classless."

Yanda also points out this about sign-waving fan:
A fan sitting in the front row of the Florida State student section Thursday night held up a cardboard sign that read, "Deport Vasquez," which was ironic because on the railing on which the fan was leaning he had hung the Nigerian flag in honor of Seminoles forward Solomon Alabi.

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