University of South Carolina cancels games with BYU amid alleged racist slur incident with Duke

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The recent alleged Duke-BYU women’s volleyball incident is now impacting the basketball season, which begins in nearly three months.

The South Carolina University women’s basketball team has canceled two games — one this year and one next — against BYU in response to the alleged incident.

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South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Dawn Staley receives the WBCA Coaching Trophy after defeating the UConn Huskies in the championship game of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament at Target Center on April 3, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Duke’s Rachel Robinson claimed that a fan had racialized her and her black teammates “throughout the game” against BYU.

However, the claim has been rejected by witnesses who say they “heard absolutely nothing”.

Despite the conflicting reports, Gamecocks head coach Dawn Staley is pleased with her decision.

“As a head coach, my job is to do what’s best for my players and staff,” Staley said in a statement released Friday by South Carolina. “The incident at BYU has prompted me to re-evaluate our home-and-home, and I don’t think it’s the right time for us to get involved in this series.”

General view of LaVell Edwards Stadium prior to the game between the Utah Utes and Brigham Young Cougars on September 9, 2017 in Provo, Utah.

General view of LaVell Edwards Stadium prior to the game between the Utah Utes and Brigham Young Cougars on September 9, 2017 in Provo, Utah.
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A BYU spokesperson told Fox News Digital that they confirmed that in the third game, Duke first mentioned a slur was heard, but no one was identified.

The person also said that four staff members and a uniformed officer spoke to the student section (the fan in question was a student from Utah Valley), and that Duke made no complaints for the rest of the game.

BYU has apologized for the incident and banned the fan in question, but the school said the person was being kicked out of the game for “harassing guests”, rather than shouting insults at the players.

Both BYU officials and BYU police have not confirmed defamation, nor could they say whether the person yelled in Richardson’s direction while serving as she claimed.

General view of LaVell Edwards Stadium prior to the game between the Utah Utes and Brigham Young Cougars on September 9, 2017 in Provo, Utah.

General view of LaVell Edwards Stadium prior to the game between the Utah Utes and Brigham Young Cougars on September 9, 2017 in Provo, Utah.
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“Several BYU Athletics employees have been reviewing videos of BYUtv and other cameras in the facility that the volleyball team has access to for film review. This has been going on since right after Friday night’s game,” said Jon McBride, associate director of athletics for BYU. a statement. “The person who was banned was the person whom Duke identified as using racial slurs. However, we were unable to find any evidence that that person was using defamation in the contest.”

A BYU athletics official also told the BYU student-run newspaper that the fan was mentally retarded.

“When a mentally disabled fan approached a Duke player, the Duke team suddenly recognized the disabled man’s ‘voice’ as the same one shouting slander,” the official said. “They never saw or pointed out a face, just a voice. They banned this man. Not for slander, but for disturbing visiting guests. BYU Athletics staff went through the entire game and the man Duke identified, never sat in the hall. student section. Her story doesn’t add up, BYU banned an innocent man from appeasing the crowd and making their PR mess disappear. Although I don’t know if Ms. Richardson really heard something wrong or deliberately made this story up , it certainly does not constitute the criticism BYU has received. There is no evidence whatsoever that a defamation has been made. No witness, except Ms. Richardson, has come forward. Not a single video of a cell phone or the different camera angles of BYUtv recorded something. How unlikely when this person supposedly said a slur during ‘every service’.”

NCAA logos are on display during the Division I Women's Volleyball Semifinals, held at the PPG Paints Arena on December 19, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

NCAA logos are on display during the Division I Women’s Volleyball Semifinals, held at the PPG Paints Arena on December 19, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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However, according to a police report, someone left a threatening voicemail for a BYU coach on Sunday and “got it in the face” by a Duke player after Friday’s game, making the player “uncomfortable”.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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