A Facebook post making fun of Michigan State’s slow start by using the words “R.I.P.” and a Mylan Hicks photo has been taken down.
Hicks, a former Michigan State linebacker, was shot and killed in Calgary a couple weeks ago. The Spartans have been in mourning since, with the team attending Friday’s service.
On the field, Michigan State lost to BYU on Saturday in East Lansing to drop to 2-3. MLive.com tried to poke fun at the Spartans’ struggles by posting an “R.I.P. MSU Spartans 2010-2015” photo on its Facebook page. The image, however, features Hicks in a 2014 photo.
The post has been taken down, but Detroit Free Press reporter Chris Solari shared it on Twitter.
— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) October 9, 2016
When alerted of the issue, MLive.com’s Michigan reporters hustled to make sure the post was taken down as quickly as possible. The reporters called it “careless, crass” and an “unfortunate” mistake.
I was just alerted to a totally careless, crass and embarrassing photo on the MLive UM football Facebook page. I'm trying to get it removed
— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) October 9, 2016
@chrissolari No need to say sorry; not your fault. With social media and so many others involved, sometimes unfortunate mistakes are made.
— Matt Wenzel (@mwenzel2) October 9, 2016
For Saturday’s home game against BYU, Michigan State had Hicks’ No. 6 on the midfield logo, and BYU put down roses on the 3- and 6-yard lines. Hicks wore No. 6 and former Spartans punter Mike Sadler, who died in a July car accident, wore No. 3.
— Spartan Football (@MSU_Football) October 8, 2016