University of Rhode Island president Marc Parlange said the school has launched a review of a racist Instagram post allegedly directed by one of its students Sunday toward Miami Dolphins defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah.
Linda Borg of the Providence Journal reported Tuesday the original post by the student and a separate post by Ogbah that showcased the message have both been deleted. The student wasn't identified.
"The university learned today of an offensive, unacceptable and racist comment posted to social media earlier today, allegedly by one of our students. This language is abhorrent and has no place in a community that is deeply committed to anti-racism," Parlange said. "Given the significance of the issue, the university has taken immediate action and referred the matter to the university's student conduct process for review."
Kathy Collins, URI's vice president of student affairs, told Borg they couldn't provide any further details pending the completion of the investigation.
She explained the student could accept responsibility for the post or instead ask for a panel of university members to review the situation for potential policy violations.
If the student is found at fault, the possible punishments range from a warning to expulsion from the university.
"I normally ignore stuff like this but this is uncalled for!" Ogbah wrote in his since-deleted Twitter post featuring the racist remarks.
The situation arose following Sunday's game between the Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars, which took place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
Ogbah finished with three total tackles, one sack and one pass defended in Miami's 23-20 loss.
The 27-year-old Oklahoma State product is in the midst of his fifth NFL season. He previously played for the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs.
URI didn't provide a timetable for the finalization of the review.