PROVO, Utah (AP) — A Brigham Young University investigation into fan allegations last month of racial interrogations and racial slurs against Duke volleyball players found no evidence at all. support for this assertion.
Published by BYU his discoveries On this Friday, August 26, reiterating that threats against a student-athlete will not be tolerated.
The school said it contacted more than 50 people who attended the event, including athletic department staff and student-athletes from both schools, event management and security personnel, and fans. of 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 identified as a racial slanderer. Sophomore Duke Rachel Richardson during the game. He also apologized to fans for the difficulties caused by the ban.
Statement from Duke Athletic Director Nina King Richardson and other members of his team.
“The 18-member volleyball team at Duke are very strong women who represent themselves, their families and Duke with the utmost integrity,” she said Friday after a statement from BYU. “We unequivocally back and support them, especially when their character is questioned. Duke Athletics believes in respect, equality and inclusion, and we do not tolerate hate or bigotry.
Richardson’s godmother, Lesa Pamplin, who initially drew attention to the alleged defamation by tweeting, said in an emailed statement that she does not accept BYU’s findings.
“BYU’s statement today does not change my position. In fact, the statement and the ‘conclusions’ are in line with my expectations and those of many others,” Pamplin said. “Every day in America, the burden of proof – in cases involving people of color, marginalized, economically disadvantaged, and powerless people – shifts unjustly without hesitation.”
After the game on August 26, South Carolina Women’s Basketball Program Home and Family Series canceled 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, before playing on campus in Utah in 2023-24.
Staley released a statement Friday through the school in support of his earlier decision to cancel the series.
“After my personal research, I have made a decision for the well-being of the team,” Staley said. “I regret that my college, my sports director Retanna and others have been led to criticize the choices I have made.”
BYU says it remains committed to eradicating racism wherever it finds it. The school also said it understands some would criticize its investigation for being selective in its review.
“Instead, we have tried to be as thorough as possible in our investigation and again invite anyone who has evidence contradicting our findings to come forward and share,” the school said.
BYU belongs to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, better 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 as lay clergy, performing missions or marrying in temples.
The Salt Lake City-based religion has worked to improve race relations, including calling for white supremacy and formally forming an alliance with the NAACP, but some black church members and scholars say opinions Discrimination persists in a community rooted in Yu thinks black skin is a curse.
Black church membership has grown, but remains a fraction of the world’s 16 million people