Foley Fans Bad Sports

updated 04/21/2004 at 12:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/28/1999 12:00AM

The bulletin board of the Matthew Shepard Online Resources Website was shut down for a time this week, reportedly due to the glut of hits from thousands of anti-gay fans of pro wrestler Mick Foley. Foley's supporters, angered that the slain student is in the lead as Web users' choice for TIME Magazine's "Man of the Year," are said to have overwhelmed the board with a continuous onslaught of anti-Shepard and anti-gay messages. Such a move required the site to be temporarily shut down, according to John Aravosis, president of Wired Strategies, who has been managing the site since Shepard's hate-charged attack and subsequent death in October of this year.

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