Twitter user and attorney Lesa Pamplin shared a story of a BYU volleyball game attendee repeatedly berating her goddaughter with racial slurs by calling the Duke Volleyball Player “Nigger” the whole game. She shared that Nobody intervened or challenged the treatment of the young woman by the crowd.
Since the tweet has gone viral being retweeted over 45,000 times the BYU fan has been banned. It shouldn’t take something going viral on Twitter for people to intervene when others are being wronged.
In the 3rd slide you see the video of what appears to be one fan aggravated by another fan as Tom Azerlay points out in the tweet.
BYU released a statement apologizing.
“To say we are extremely disheartened in the actions of a small number of fans in last night’s volleyball match in the Smith Fieldhouse between BYU and Duke is not strong enough language. We will not tolerate behavior of this kind. Specially, the use of a racial slur at any of our athletic events is absolutely unacceptable and BYU Athletics holds a zero tolerance approach to this behavior,” the statement read. “We want BYU athletic events to provide a safe environment for all, and there is no place for behaviors like this our venues.”
Duke Subsequently released their own statement as well.
“First and foremost, our priority is the well-being of Duke student-athletes,” Duke Vice President & Director of Athletics Nina King said. “They should always have the opportunity to compete in an inclusive, anti-racist environment which promotes equality and fair play. Following extremely unfortunate circumstances at Friday night’s match at BYU, we are compelled to shift today’s match against Rider to a different location to afford both teams the safest atmosphere for competition.”
“We are appreciative of the support from BYU’s athletic administration as we navigate this troubling situation. I have been in touch with the student-athletes who have been deeply impacted, will continue to support them in every way possible and look forward to connecting further upon their return from Provo.”
Our thoughts are with the Young Woman and her family as nobody should ever have to endure being treated that way. We look forward to learning more about what happens next with the person who treated the young woman this way as that person was far too comfortable