It's March Madness and sports fans are focused on college basketball.
"Where's your green card?" they chanted.
It's racist for them to assume just because he is Latino that he has or needs a green card.
And it is an ignorant statement because Rodriguez is Puerto Rican, which makes him a U.S. citizen. He also grew up in Miami.
But the bigger issue here is that some people see a brown face or a Hispanic surname and assume that person is an immigrant or undocumented.
There are now more than 50 million Latinos in the United States, around 16 percent of the U.S. population. And of those Latinos, more than 30 million, were born here, according to the Pew Hispanic Center.
That doesn't mean the other 20 million are undocumented. According to Pew Hispanic, there are 11.5 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Around 6.5 million are from Mexico.
You do the math. The overwhelming majority of Hispanics are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents.
Chants like, "Where's your green card?" are based on total ignorance.
After the game, the president of the University of Southern Mississippi issued an apology.
But that is not enough. Her students should face disciplinary action for such racist comments as the college president Martha Saunders has promised.
And they need a lesson in geography and demographics.