Brigham Young University volleyball racism against Duke player

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The university said the fan sat in the student section of BYU but was not a student and had been banned from all sports venues on campus.

PROVO, Utah — Brigham Young University has banned a fan who shouted a racial slur at a black Duke volleyball player during a game Friday night.

The university said the fan sat in the student section of BYU but was not a student and had been banned from all sports venues on campus.

BYU said it would not tolerate such behavior and apologized to Duke and the targeted player. Duke said its Saturday game against Rider was moved from BYU’s Smith Fieldhouse to another venue.

“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,” in part of a statement released by BYU on Twitter.

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The player, Rachel Richardson, who is the team’s only black starter, has been called a racial slur “every time she has served”, Richardson’s godmother, Lesa Pamplin, said in a tweet.

“First and foremost, our priority is the well-being of Duke student-athletes,” Duke athletic director Nina King said in a statement. “They should always have the opportunity to compete in an inclusive, anti-racist environment that promotes equality and fair play. Due to extremely unfortunate circumstances during Friday night’s game at BYU, we are forced to move the game from today against Rider at a different location to provide both teams with the safest atmosphere for competition.

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