Duke volleyball player’s racial slur allegation receives pushback from witnesses: report

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Witnesses reportedly came forward and said no racial slurs were heard during Friday’s BYU-Duke women’s volleyball game, and Duke’s Rachel Richardson, the Blue Devils’ only black starter, said she was “the whole game.” ‘ were questioned.

Richardson said in a statement that amid initial grievances from the Duke bench, Brigham Young University officials did not address the situation quickly enough. BYU noted that the fan, who was described by the Salt Lake Tribune as a Utah Valley University student, was banned from all sports venues on campus.

The BYU Cougar Chronicle – the school’s conservative-leaning student newspaper – said “a source within the BYU athletics department” said: “Ms Richardson complained about hearing racial slurs in the second set, but did not point out Anyone. The officials had a brief discussion and the police were there…it wasn’t until after the game that there were more complaints.”

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The NCAA logo is seen during the Division I Women's Volleyball Semifinals at PPG Paints Arena on December 19, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The NCAA logo is seen during the Division I Women’s Volleyball Semifinals at PPG Paints Arena on December 19, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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The Chronicle, who interviewed several students sitting in the student area during the game, claimed they were “completely silent” and that the banned fans did not shout racial slurs before being escorted away from the game.

A BYU spokesperson told Fox News Digital that they can confirm the incident at Smith Arena last Friday:

– Just before Game 3 began, Duke first offered to hear a racial slur.

– No one was found.

– Dispatch four event staff to speak to the student department and a uniformed officer.

– Duke made no complaints for the rest of the game.

Duke did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

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The BYU Athletics official said the fan was escorted out of Smith Arena for “disturbing guests,” not for shouting racial slurs.

Brigham Young University officials said several athlete employees had been reviewing footage of the game but had yet to find any evidence of racial slurs.

Detail of the Duke Blue Devils flag during the national anthem between the Kansas Pinehawks and Villanova Wildcats during the 2022 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Final Four semifinals in New Orleans, Louisiana, on April 2, 2022.

Detail of the Duke Blue Devils flag during the national anthem between the Kansas Pinehawks and Villanova Wildcats during the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Final Four semifinals in New Orleans, Louisiana, on April 2, 2022.
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“Various BYU Athletics employees have been viewing video from BYUtv and other cameras available to the volleyball team for film review,” BYU officials said in a statement. “This has been going on since Friday night’s game. The person suspended is a person identified by Duke University as using a racial slur. However, we were unable to find any evidence that the person used the slur in the game.”

An investigation is still ongoing, as BYU Police Lieutenant George Besendorfer confirmed that initial footage did not show the man yelling during Richardson’s tenure.

There is also a police report from the BYU Police Department. Sgt. Richard Lawson, who was standing next to the banned fan in the fourth set, said the man may have “(A) nebulizer syndrome or possibly autism,” according to Deseret News.

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The BYU sports official also told the BYU student-led newspaper that the man had a mental disorder.

“When a mentally disabled fan approached the Duke player, the Duke team suddenly recognized the disabled ‘voice’ as the same person yelling,” the BYU athletics official told the Chronicle. “They never saw or pointed a face, just a voice. They banned the person. Not for defamation, but for disturbing visiting guests. BYU Athletics staff reviewed footage of the entire game, the one Duke identified Man never sat in the student section. Her story didn’t add up, BYU forbid an innocent man to appease the mob and let their PR mess go away. While I don’t know if Ms. Richardson really heard something wrong or made up the story on purpose, But it certainly doesn’t constitute the criticism BYU gets. There is zero evidence of defamatory statements. Not a single witness showed up except for Ms. Richardson. Not a single cell phone video or several camera angles of BYUtv captured a thing. It’s unlikely when you’re swearing in ‘every serve’.”

Panoramic view of Lavelle Edwards Stadium before the Utah State Utes vs Brigham Young Cougars game on September 9, 2017 in Provo, Utah.

Panoramic view of Lavelle Edwards Stadium before the Utah State Utes vs Brigham Young Cougars game on September 9, 2017 in Provo, Utah.
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Richardson’s godmother, Leza Pamplin, claimed in a tweet that the volleyball player was being called a racial slur “for every service.” Pamplin also tweeted that Richardson was threatened by a white male who told her to “watch her get back on the team bus.”

A BYU coach was also left with a threatening voicemail on Sunday, according to a police report obtained by the Salt Lake Tribune. The same police report said Duke coaches identified the suspended man as the one who allegedly yelled the n-word at Richardson in the student area.

Brigham Young University athletic director Tom Holmer asked students to provide information they had about the event.

On Saturday, the university issued a statement saying “BYU Athletics is fully committed to leading the way in abandoning biased attitudes and behaviors of any kind and rooting out racism.”

Panoramic view of Lavelle Edwards Stadium before the Utah State Utes vs Brigham Young Cougars game on September 9, 2017 in Provo, Utah.

Panoramic view of Lavelle Edwards Stadium before the Utah State Utes vs Brigham Young Cougars game on September 9, 2017 in Provo, Utah.
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“To say that we are very upset about the behavior of a small number of fans at last night’s volleyball game between BYU and Duke at Smith Field is not strong enough language and we will not tolerate it.”

Speaking on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” Richardson claimed that by the fourth set, the slander had escalated.

“Even my black teammates who were on the bench, they weren’t on the pitch, they were being called and being pointed at, it was really confusing. That was when the racial slurs and the questioning became more and more intense. ,”she says.

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“We stand against racism, bigotry or hatred of any kind,” Duke Volleyball said in a statement Sunday. “As a program, we work extensively to create an inclusive and safe environment where our student-athletes feel heard and supported, but are not naive about the fact that there is always work to be done.”

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