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Univ. of South Carolina Women’s Basketball Team Refuses to Play Against BYU After Racial Slur

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South Carolina Gamecocks Head Coach Dawn Staley

After a Brigham Young University (BYU) fan allegedly yelled racist slurs at a Duke volleyball player during a game in August, the University of South Carolina women’s basketball team back out of the Home and Home series with BYU scheduled to run over the ’22-’23 and ’23-’24 seasons. The first game was supposed to open this season. South Carolina’s head of women’s basketball, her coach, Dawn Staley, and her director of athletics at the school, Ray Tanner, released statements explaining the decision to skip the game against the University of Utah.

“My job as head coach is to do what’s best for the players and staff.” Staley said“The incident at BYU has caused me to re-evaluate home and home. I don’t feel now is the right time to be on this series.” Tanner added“Dawn and I have discussed her thoughts on the situation.

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inside August 26th During a volleyball game with Duke on BYU’s Utah campus, fans seated in the student section of BYU rallied against Duke’s only black starter, Rachel Richardson, racially charged every time he served. BYU responded by banning non-student fans from all athletic events on campus.The school also condemned the fans’ behavior in an official statement. twitterreads some:

“All God’s children are worthy of love and respect, and BYU Athletics is fully committed to leading and renouncing prejudicial attitudes and behaviors of all kinds and eradicating racism.

We do not condone this type of behavior. Specifically, the use of racist slurs at our sporting events is absolutely unacceptable and BYU Athletics has a zero tolerance approach to this conduct. We sincerely apologize to Duke University and especially to the student-athletes who are competing for what they experienced last night. , there is no place for this kind of behavior at our venue. “

But after reading such statements it’s kind of hard to understand why BYU Removed LGBTQ resource pamphlet From the 2022 new student welcome bag. Owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the university does not allow students to date or show affection to members of the same sex. Students who violate the policy risk being expelled.

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