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Duke volleyball being racially abused during game The athlete Brigham Young University said Sunday that officials at the scene did not respond quickly enough after learning of the behavior during the game.
Nor did they adequately address the situation immediately after the game, Rachel Richardson said in a statement posted to her Twitter account.
On Saturday, a day after games, Brigham Young University barred a fan from all sports venues on campus and said the athletic department has a “zero tolerance approach” to the behavior. The fan was not a student, but was sitting in the student area.
Richardson’s godmother, Lysa Pamplin, tweeted that Richardson “did every service” during the game. Known as a racial slur. She also wrote that Richardson “was threatened by a white male to watch her get back on the team bus. An officer must sit on their bench.
Richardson, a 19-year-old sophomore from Ellicott City, Maryland, wrote that she did not believe the fan’s actions were a reflection of the BYU athlete, saying her Opponents showed respect and sportsmanship, and BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmoe was informing.
“This is not the first time this has happened in college athletics. , sadly it probably won’t be the last,” Richardson said. “However, every time this happens, we as student-athletes, coaches, fans and administrators have an opportunity to educate those who behave in abusive ways. “
Richardson also echoed the thought that some would like to see Duke’s team react quickly, such as refusing to go on to the BYU 3-1 win.
For me, I refuse to let it stop me from doing what I love to do and what I came to BYU to do: play volleyball,” Richardson said. “I refuse to allow any degree of satisfaction from those racist bigots who think their comments have ‘gotten my attention’. So, I got through the game and I’m done.
“So, on behalf of me and my African American teammates, we don’t want to be pitied or seen as helpless. We do not feel that we are victims of some inevitable tragic event. We are proud to be young African American women; we are proud to be Duke student-athletes, and we are proud to stand up against racism. “
Duke’s game Saturday against Ryder moved from Brigham Young University’s Smith Arena to another venue in Provo, Utah. Richardson leads the Blue Devils 3-1 Win.
Late Sunday, Duke issued a statement saying, “We stand against racism, bigotry or hatred of any kind. 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. “
The Associated Press contributed to this report.