Texas A&M students and faculty woke up this morning to find that the campus' Haynes Ring plaza, home to the university's Aggie Ring statue, had been vandalized overnight with the words "Rape is inevitable may as well enjoy it — Clayton Williams" written in spray paint. Below it, two arrows point directly at the Clayton W. Williams Jr. Alumni Center building.
first reported the incident, saying that a receptionist at the university saw the graffiti at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. But a security video recording of of the vandalism turned into university police allegedly shows the incident taking place around 3:50 a.m.
A&M alum Clayton Williams said these spray-painted words during his 1990 campaign for governor. According to a New York Times
story published at the time, Williams "made the remark while preparing for a cattle roundup at his West Texas ranch."
"He compared the cold, foggy weather spoiling the event to a rape, telling ranch hands, campaign workers and reporters around a campfire, 'If it's inevitable, just relax and enjoy it,'" the Times
Williams sort of apologized for the comment, saying it was merely a joke, and that he apologized ''if anyone's offended," according to the Times
. Shortly after the comment was made, Williams lost the gubernatorial race to Ann Richards.
In an interview with The Eagle
, Bryan's daily paper, an A&M spokeswoman said the graffiti will be removed before Friday's ring ceremony.