Pittsburgh Pirates: It's 'Sickening' Jihadi John Wore Our Hat

Team responds after photo surfaces of Mohammed Emwazi
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2015 11:21 AM CST
Pittsburgh Pirates: It's 'Sickening' Jihadi John Wore Our Hat
This undated image from video is believed to show Mohammed Emwazi, or "Jihadi John."   (AP Photo)

After the Islamic State terrorist known as Jihadi John was unmasked as Mohammed Emwazi, Sky News unearthed a photo of him from his days at the University of Westminster in London. Much to the dismay of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Emwazi is wearing a team hat. "It is absolutely sickening to everyone within the Pirates organization, and to our great fans, to see this murderer wearing a Pirates cap in this old photo," says a team statement.

Westminster, meanwhile, is taking criticism for fostering an atmosphere that seems to embrace extremism. In the Washington Post, for example, former student Avinash Tharoor writes this:

  • "Despite boasting an inspiring academic staff and vibrant student life, the university has a dark side to its campus culture. The ideological climate feels conducive for radicalization; even though the university never intended this, it seems to be a place where extremism can fester. I don’t know if that climate is what turned Mohammed Emwazi into Jihadi John, but Westminster was probably a factor in his radicalization."
The school has now postponed all "sensitive" events on campus, including a speech by an Islamic preacher who has described homosexuality as a "scourge," reports the Guardian. (Click for more on Emwazi's background.)

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