Brigham Young University (BYU), announced Friday that it had closed its investigation into allegations of racial slurs being hurled at a player of color during a match against Duke University. The findings of the investigation were disappointing. They found that no evidence was presented that any person in the crowd or on the field had used a racially offensive term.
From the BYU announcement:
We reviewed all audio and video recordings available, including security footage, raw footage, and footage from all angles captured by BYUtv. The broadcasting audio was removed to reduce the noise from the stands. We reached out to over 50 people who attended the event, including BYU athletic staff and student-athletes, Duke athletic department personnel, and student-athletes. Event security and management also reached out to many fans in the arena that night, as well as many students.
The university stated that it had not found evidence to support the allegation that supporters engaged in racial heckling at the event or made racial remarks during it. It also said that it had lifted the ban on the fan who was identified with having made racial slurs during matches.
The statement states, “We haven’t found any evidence that this individual engaged in such an act.”
This announcement confirmed that the university is still committed to eliminating racism wherever it’s found.
Rachel Richardson, the Duke volleyball team’s only black player, claimed that her fans shouted racist epithets at Rachel during the match on August 27, 2007. One of my colleagues wrote:
Richardson claimed she was hated for serving near the BYU student sections. She even pointed out who it was. This person was removed from campus and banned from participating in any future events. The internet was abuzz with news and media coverage.
Nina King, vice-president, and director of athletics at Duke University released a statement claiming Richardson was still the one receiving racial slurs.
She wrote that the 18 volleyball players at Duke University are “exceptionally strong women who represent themselves and their families with integrity.” We stand by them and support them, especially when they are questioned about their character. Duke Athletics is committed to respect, equality, and inclusion. We do not tolerate hatred and bias.
The news received many reactions on social media. Jesse Kelly, a conservative commentator, joined the conversation:
All of these hoaxes about race are a default assumption:
1. They are always there.
2. Your entire life could be destroyed if you ever uttered racist remarks against black Americans today. It is something that no one would ever risk.
The default position on all of these race hoaxes is to assume they’re lying:
1. They always are.
2. If you actually uttered a racist phrase against a black person in America today, your entire life would be ruined. Nobody would risk it. https://t.co/jclBaXnt24
— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) September 9, 2022
However, Carron J. Phillips, a media activist, was not pleased with the findings of BYU. He tweeted:
Racists are racist.
White people are gon’ white folks.
Utah gon’ Utah.
BYU gon’ BYU
Racists gon’ racist.
White people gon’ white people.
Utah gon’ Utah.
BYU gon’ BYU. pic.twitter.com/sJYCB18gkI
— Carron J. Phillips (@carronJphillips) September 9, 2022
Kelly’s assessment can be seen by anyone who isn’t enamored with an agenda. It is absurd to think that anyone would shout racist epithets at public sporting events. It would be crazy for anyone to do this. It is common sense.
To rabid race-baiting leftists, however, blinds them to the reality. They would not care if you brought this up to them.
They know deep down that this isn’t true. They need to believe it. This is why they often fall for hoaxes.