Brigham Young University (BYU) has released a excuses on Twitter on August 27 for a fan’s racist comments during a women’s volleyball game between BYU and Duke University on August 26, CNN reported. BYU has since banned the person from sports sites.
Lesa Pamplin, godmother of Duke volleyball player Rachel Richardson said in a now-deleted tweet that Richardson, who is black, was called racial slurs during the game at BYU’s Smith Fieldhouse.
“My goddaughter is the only black starter on the Dukes’ volleyball team,” Pamplin said. “Playing yesterday, she was called an ***er every time she served.”
The post continued: “She was threatened by a white man who told her to watch her heading to the team bus. A police officer had to be placed next to their bench.”
BYU Athletics has not confirmed details of the incident. The person was not a BYU student, although they sat in the BYU student section, according to the apology.
“All of God’s children deserve love and respect, and BYU Athletics is committed to leading the way in abandoning prejudiced attitudes and actions of all kinds and eradicating racism,” BYU’s tweet wrote. “When a student-athlete or fan comes to a BYU sporting event, we expect them to be treated with love and respect and to feel safe on our campus. BYU has banned a fan who was tagged by Duke during last night’s volleyball game from all BYU sports venues.
In a statement, Duke Athletics announced that they will play their next game later this Saturday against Rider University at a different venue instead of the field. Vice President and Director of Athletics Nina King emphasized Duke’s priority for the well-being of student-athletes.
“They should always have the opportunity to compete in an inclusive, anti-racist environment that promotes equality and fair play,” King wrote in the statement. “Due to extremely unfortunate circumstances during Friday night’s game at BYU, we are forced to switch to Rider at a different location to provide the safest atmosphere for both teams to compete in. We appreciate the administration’s support. sports car from BYU as we navigate this troubling situation.