Five footballers from an away team have claimed they were called racial slurs, including the N-word, at school after they knelt during the national anthem in 2021, according to a newspaper. new fox from Guardians.
“I just remember that like a consistent chant, ‘Stand up, N-words’ during the national anthem and right after,” said one player who did not want to be identified.
She said BYU staff did not seem to panic when they were alerted to what was happening.
“The backlash for kneeling is not new to our group but when I heard it firsthand, I was shocked. I think both the fans and the coaching staff know we won’t be canceling the game after the incident, which again shows that this could be part of a larger cultural issue within BYU as is an organization. ”
Based on Guardians, four other players supported their teammates’ claims and said they also heard chants. One player who didn’t hear the racist remarks said the crowd was reminded of how to act at a sporting event during an announcement.
“Nothing else has been done to my knowledge,” she said.
At the time of the incident, BYU’s deputy sporting director for media and communications strategy, Jon McBride, said the crowd had been reminded to respect visiting teams but was unaware of any comments. any discrimination.
“We’re not aware of any additional concerns raised in the game or at any time after,” McBride said. Guardians. “As we have stated, BYU will not tolerate racism in any form.”
Neither McBride nor BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmoe immediately responded to The Daily Beast’s request for comment on Friday.
The allegations come just a month after Duke volleyball player Rachel Richardson claimed BYU staff did nothing when a fan shouted racist slurs towards her during a match on the 26th. August.
Richardson posted a statement on Twitter August 28, writing that she and her Black teammates “were targeted and racist throughout the entire game.”
She wrote: “The insulting comments are increasingly threatening to make us feel unsafe. “Both BYU officials and coaching staff were made aware of the incident during the match, but failed to take the necessary steps to prevent unacceptable behavior and create a safe environment. … Me and my teammates struggled to get through the rest of the game, instead of being able to just focus on competing.”
However, after a “comprehensive review”, BYU officials said they could not find any evidence of racist conduct during the volleyball match against Duke.
“We reviewed all available audio and video recordings, including security footage and raw footage from all camera angles… We also contacted more than 50 individuals who attended the event. this event,” McBride said in one school statement early September. “We did not find any evidence to corroborate the allegation that fans engaged in racial slurs or uttered racial slurs at this event. . As we stated earlier, we will not tolerate any behavior that makes student-athletes feel unsafe. That is the reason for our immediate response and thorough investigation.”