Saint Louis University investigates team's racist texts

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Posted: Apr 19, 2016 10:57 AM

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Saint Louis University is investigating racially insensitive texts that were sent last year by two members of the school's overwhelmingly white baseball team.

The texts, first reported last week by the school's student newspaper, were sent in May using the group messaging app GroupMe. One of the postings likened President Barack Obama to a "watermelon eatin baboon."

The two players haven't been publicly identified, but one of them no longer attends the Jesuit school.

Jonathan C. Smith has served as the campus' special assistant to the president for diversity and community engagement since July. He says university officials have met with the baseball team and its coaches, and that no decision has been made about disciplinary action.