Brigham Young investigation finds no racial slurs used against Duke player

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PROVO, Utah — A Brigham Young University investigation into allegations that fans engaged in racial heckling and uttered racial slurs toward a Duke volleyball player last month found no evidence to support this claim.

BYU released the results of its investigation into the Aug. 26 game on Friday, reiterating that it will not tolerate any conduct that threatens a student-athlete.

The school said it contacted more than 50 people who attended the event, including athletic department staff and student-athletes from both schools, security and event management, and fans who were in the arena. He also reviewed audio and video recordings and raw footage from the match.

Following the investigation, the university said it had lifted the ban on a fan who was identified as making racial slurs toward Duke sophomore Rachel Richardson during the game. He also apologized to the fan for the difficulties caused by the ban.

Duke athletic director Nina King released a statement alongside Richardson and the rest of her team.

“The 18-member Duke University volleyball team are exceptionally strong women who represent themselves, their families, and Duke University with the utmost integrity,” she said Friday. after BYU released his statement. “We unequivocally support and defend them, especially when their character is questioned. Duke Athletics believes in respect, equality and inclusion, and we do not tolerate hatred or prejudice.

In the aftermath of the August 26 game, the South Carolina women’s basketball program canceled a home-and-away series with BYU. Gamecocks coach Dawn Staley said she doesn’t want to put her players in the situation she went through with Richardson.

The Gamecocks were scheduled to start the season at home against BYU on Nov. 7, then play on campus in Utah through the 2023-24 season.

A message was left Friday asking for a comment from Staley.

BYU said it remains committed to eradicating racism wherever it finds itself. The school also said it understood some would criticize their investigation as being selective in its review.

“On the contrary, we have tried to be as thorough as possible in our investigation, and we renew our invitation to anyone with evidence contrary to our conclusions to come forward and share it,” the school said.

BYU belongs to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, widely known as the Mormon Church. Race relations are one of the most sensitive issues for a religion that until 1978 prohibited black members of the church from serving in the lay priesthood, going on missions or marrying in temples.

The Salt Lake City-based religion has worked to improve race relations, including calling for white supremacy and launching a formal alliance with the NAACP, but some black church members and scholars say opinions discrimination persist from a ban rooted in the belief that black skin was a curse.

Black church membership has grown, but still represents only a small fraction of the 16 million members worldwide, and none are at the highest levels of global leadership.

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