South Carolina Women’s Basketball Cancels BYU Games After Racial Incident At Volleyball Game

“As a head coach, my job is to do what is best for my players and staff,” Staley said in a statement. “The events at Brigham Young University have made me reevaluate our home and home, and I don’t think this is the right time for us to be part of this series.”

Richardson said BYU officials did not act quickly enough to stop the racist harassment she and other black players were subjected to at a game last week. Richardson tweeted that she and some of her teammates were “targeted and racist throughout the game. Slurs and comments turned into threats and made us feel unsafe.”

BYU issued an apology the day after the game and said ban followers.

South Carolina was scheduled to host BYU on Nov. 7. The Gamecocks say they are looking for another opponent for the season opener at Colonial Life Arena.

BYU said it was “very disappointed” with the decision.

“We are deeply disappointed by South Carolina’s decision to cancel our series and ask for patience with the ongoing investigation,” the Brigham Young University women’s basketball team said in a statement on Twitter. “We believe the solution is to work together to root out racism, not separate from each other. #LoveOneAnother.”

Both teams will play at the University of Utah next season.

BYU said there was no evidence that banned fans used racial slurs. Investigation is ongoing.

“We are still investigating the behavior of fans and investigating our own response to the reported behavior,” Jon McBride, associate director of athletics at Brigham Young University, said in a statement to CNN Saturday. “The person suspended is a person identified by Duke University as having used racial slurs. However, we were unable to find any evidence that the person used slurs in the game. We will continue to investigate this specific case.”

Brigham Young University athletic director Tom Holmoe wrote an opinion piece for Deseret News on Thursday, noting that the school is “committed to zero tolerance for racism” and will be defined by its response to racial incidents.
Brigham Young University apologizes, bans fans for racist remarks at volleyball game

“Let me clarify BYU’s position on this issue: Racism is disgusting and unacceptable,” he wrote. “We strive to understand and follow up on Rachel’s experience with sincere commitment and continued focus. Saying we are very upset by her report is not strong enough language. BYU and BYU Athletics are committed to zero tolerance for racism. Any fan Anyone caught engaging in racist insults will be banned from our sports venues.

Holmoe added: “While some will try to define BYU through this event, we will ultimately be defined by our responses. The BYU I know and love rejects racism.”


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