University of North Texas Football Player Apologizes for Posting Video of Dogs Mauling Raccoon

A University of North Texas football player apologized Sunday for posting a Snapchat video of dogs mauling a caged raccoon after the footage sparked a national outcry, The Dallas Morning News reports Monday. On Sunday, the News notes, defender Khairi Muhammad posted a video to Snapchat that showed three dogs assaulting a raccoon in a cage; when the raccoon is set free, the dogs rip its body apart. In the video, Muhammad can reportedly be heard laughing. After recordings of the video were viewed nearly 35,000 times, Muhammad posted an apology on Twitter. “I understand that the video that I took and has been posted to social media was in bad taste 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 University of North Texas, where Muhammad is a senior, also apologized: “A member of our football team posted a video to social media portraying activities that do not represent the values UNT encourages,” a spokeswoman said. “We have high expectations for our community members to behave in a manner that positively represents the university [and] our athletics program plans to use this as a teaching moment.”