(U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

The Naval Academy superintendent announced Friday that "Load the Clip" has been dropped as this year's football team motto, calling it "insensitive" to those affected by the mass shooting in Annapolis last year.

Chosen by senior captain football players for the 2019-2020 season, the motto was changed after reporters from The Capital asked Navy officials about it in the context of a national wave of mass shootings and the attack that killed five people just a few miles from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

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Associated Press/Kathleen Lange

Naval Academy English professor Bruce Fleming said his firing last week was linked to his public criticism of the academy, but documents show some students complained about behavior in his classroom that allegedly included calling students “far-right extremists,” sending a picture of himself in a Speedo and touching students without consent.

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