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Man was escorted from Paulson for throwing bottle
Victim cheerleader declines to press charges

A man who threw a bottle at a Savannah State University cheerleader during Saturday’s game against Georgia Southern University was escorted from Paulson Stadium, but not arrested.

Around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, a 22-year-old resident student of GSU reportedly threw a plastic bottle, striking Savannah State cheerleader Ma’Kyah Sims in the face, according to GSU Police incident reports.

Sims did not wish to press charges, nor did she want anything else done, according to the reports, but she later posted a comment on Facebook that became widely read, with a variety of comments addressing the act and alleged racial slurs she said were uttered.

“My first last away game was bittersweet. I can sit here and say as long as I've been cheering me and my cheer mates have never experienced racial discrimination until today,” she said in the post. “From bottles being thrown at us, to being called all the unholy names! This maybe the worst cheer experience ever! I'm just so disappointed in the Georgia Southern fans and there cruel racial comments and actions.”

Reports did not mention any alleged racial slurs or comments made.

Sims did not respond to efforts by the Statesboro Herald to reach her for further comment. The alleged offender did not immediately answer phone calls Thursday seeking comment.

The 22-year-old Mt. Dora, Fla. man was detained by officers and escorted from the stadium. He will be judicially referred, meaning any disciplinary action will be handled by university officials.

The incident, not reported until 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, was listed as alcohol related and stated the incident involved a group of people. No one else was listed in reports.

The offender’s name is withheld as he was not arrested or charged with a crime

GSU spokesperson Jennifer Wise said the university discussed the incident with Savannah State officials.


Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.














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