Banned BYU fan was not seen yelling racial slurs at Duke volleyball player, police say

  

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Via:  vic-eldred  •  4 weeks ago  •  28 comments

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Banned BYU fan was not seen yelling racial slurs at Duke volleyball player, police say
A police review of footage from the BYU-Duke volleyball match did not turn up evidence the man yelled the slurs.

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Upon further review, the man who was banned from all BYU athletic venues does not appear to be the person who allegedly yelled racial slurs at Duke volleyball player Rachel Richardson, a BYU police spokesperson told the Salt Lake Tribune on Tuesday.

In an incident that has grabbed headlines nationwide, Richardson and her family complained of a fan yelling the N-word at her and her Black teammates from the BYU student section during a match in Provo on Friday. After the match, they said the fan approached her and told her to watch her back as the Duke players returned to the team bus.

BYU soon announced the fan identified by Duke had been banned and noted he was not a BYU student. Per the Tribune, the fan was a Utah Valley University student. Apparently, he acknowledged to police that he approached Richardson after the match, but only because he thought she was a friend of his who played for BYU (the two programs share colors). He also claimed he only yelled that the players "shouldn't hit the ball into the net."

Later, Duke players and coaches reportedly identified the man as the same person who was allegedly yelling the slurs at Richardson. An initial review of surveillance footage of the crowd didn't turn up any evidence that the man was the fan yelling the slurs as the Black Duke players served.

From the Tribune:


An officer later reviewed footage, according to the report, and wrote: "There was nothing seen on the game film that led me to believe" that the man "was the person who was making comments to the player who complained about being called the N-word."


During the match's second set, the officer observed, the UVU student was not present when Richardson was serving, which is when Richardson's family and Duke officials said the slurs were yelled. And later, when she was serving again, he was playing on his phone, the officer wrote.

The revelation raises the possibility there was a second person allegedly shouting the slurs, but police reportedly are no longer reviewing the footage. That job has since been turned over to the BYU athletics and communication staff.

BYU has reportedly not said it doubts Richardson's account of the events and is still investigating the incident. The police spokesperson told the Tribune no one from the student section or anywhere else in the arena had come forward to report the person responsible for the alleged slurs.

BYU officer said he didn't hear slurs during Duke volleyball incident


There is reportedly some divergence between the accounts of the Duke players and the BYU officer on the scene. In an interview with ESPN, Richardson said she told the Duke coaching staff she heard the slurs after the second set:


She said she told her coaches about the incident between games, and the teams switched ends of the floor. She said she saw her coaches talking with BYU officials, who she thought acted on the incident. "We were told someone was speaking to the student section and I was all right, so, and that was the end of it," Richardson said. "And we played our third set on the opposite side of the net from them."


In the fourth set, she said the "atmosphere of the student section had changed." Richardson called the alleged slurs and heckling from the crowd "more extreme, more intense."

The account of the officer responsible for the police report conflicts with that sequence of events. Per the Tribune, the officer said in his report that he did not personally hear the alleged slurs after being alerted by BYU and heard only BYU fans calling Duke players by their first names.

The officer also reportedly said he talked to others who had not heard a slur.

BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe told CNN that BYU sent four ushers and an officer into the stands to look for the person allegedly yelling the slurs, but were apparently unsuccessful. The only public video evidence of the alleged slurs appears to be a pair of Duke players distracted by something in the crowd in the fourth set while Richardson was serving. The video does not pick up anyone yelling the alleged slur.


Duke was near that student section during the 2nd and 4th sets, so likely happened then?
Here, you can see 2 of her teammates look into that direction during her serve. The fan on the left taps their friend and says something while pointing back (doesn't look too happy either) pic.twitter.com/xfTQ9a0N8C

— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) August 27, 2022

Rachel Richardson criticized BYU staff after incident


The immediate aftermath of the incident saw Richardson's godmother and father providing their accounts of what happened. Richardson released a statement Sunday affirming their account and criticizing the officials and coaching staff for failing to act:


"The slurs and comments grew into threats which caused us to feel unsafe. Both the officials and BYU coaching staff were made aware of the incident during the game, but failed to take the necessary steps to stop the unacceptable behavior to create a safe environment. As a result, my teammates and I had to struggle to get through the rest of the game instead of just being able to focus on our playing so that we could compete at the highest level possible.


"They also failed to adequately address the situation immediately following the game when it was brought to their attention again. No athlete, regardless of their race, should ever be subject to such hostile conditions."

Per the Tribune, Richardson has praised the BYU players for their support following the incident, but her father claimed BYU volleyball coach Heather Olmstead stood her up for a meeting the next day.

Richardson also praised Holmoe in her statement as acting in "a very respectful and genuine manner" and called the incident "a chance to educate those who act in hateful ways."


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Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
1  seeder  Vic Eldred    4 weeks ago

Another Jussie Smollett style hoax to claim "racism" where non exists?

Clearly, we have come a long way in eradicating racism.

 
 
 
afrayedknot
Freshman Quiet
1.1  afrayedknot  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    4 weeks ago

“…in eradicating racism.”

Just the fact this post exists is an admission we still have a long way to go. Regardless of the attempts made to apologize, which seem genuine, the incident speaks volumes about the would be apologists. Ever been to Provo?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
1.1.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  afrayedknot @1.1    4 weeks ago

It seems that she lied.

Accept it

 
 
 
afrayedknot
Freshman Quiet
1.1.2  afrayedknot  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.1    4 weeks ago

“It seems that she lied.” 

To what end?  “Seems?”

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
1.1.3  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  afrayedknot @1.1.2    4 weeks ago

The same as Smollett's ....to pretend they were subjected to a racist act.

 
 
 
afrayedknot
Freshman Quiet
1.1.4  afrayedknot  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.3    4 weeks ago

“…to pretend…”

Then why the suspension and public apology from the University? Methinks your extrapolation to Smollett is but serving up red meat to those starving for  any excuse to disparage…emphasis on red.

Still contend we’ve come a long way in dealing with racism? Please. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
1.1.5  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  afrayedknot @1.1.4    4 weeks ago
Then why the suspension and public apology from the University?

THEY DIDN"T WAIT FOR THE FACTS.

PLEASE KEEP UP!

 
 
 
Greg Jones
Professor Guide
1.1.6  Greg Jones  replied to  afrayedknot @1.1    4 weeks ago
"Just the fact this post exists is an admission we still have a long way to go."
No, it means that Tawana Brawley wannabes are still trying to stir up fake racist shit.

 
 
 
afrayedknot
Freshman Quiet
1.1.7  afrayedknot  replied to  Greg Jones @1.1.6    4 weeks ago

“…Tawana Brawley…”

Further evidence we still have far to go in reconciling our racial differences.

When one is compelled to bring up the anecdotal that happened decades ago, one is restricted in attempting to excuse the every day occurrences that only confirm those differences. 

 
 
 
Tacos!
Professor Expert
1.2  Tacos!  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    4 weeks ago
Another Jussie Smollett style hoax

Well, let's hope not. That's something he set out to stage, knowing he was lying the whole time. I'm hoping this was just a mistake.

People might wonder how you could make such a mistake, but having been part of sporting events like this, I can tell you that with everyone in the place screaming all at once, you hear isolated words and phrases pop into your awareness and you can't tell where it's coming from. You can't even be sure of what it is you're hearing.

And if you're sort of predisposed to hearing or listening for something specific (like the n-word), there's a good chance you'll hear it even if no one actually says it.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
Professor Expert
2  Sean Treacy    4 weeks ago

National headlines were generated with the original claim leading to the predictable outrages from the professionally aggrieved.

As always, the facts will be largely ignored 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Sean Treacy @2    4 weeks ago

With a story like that, they seldom wait for the facts!

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
3  seeder  Vic Eldred    4 weeks ago

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They banned a student?

 
 
 
afrayedknot
Freshman Quiet
3.1  afrayedknot  replied to  Vic Eldred @3    4 weeks ago

…oops…

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
3.1.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  afrayedknot @3.1    4 weeks ago

Like the media, they didn't wait for the facts.

Now they may face a lawsuit...I hope!

He was an autistic kid talking to a cop when he was supposed to be calling her a name

 
 
 
Greg Jones
Professor Guide
3.1.2  Greg Jones  replied to  afrayedknot @3.1    4 weeks ago

Why are you so willing to believe a lie entirely without any evidence

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
3.1.3  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Greg Jones @3.1.2    4 weeks ago

I'm going to wait for the answer to that one.

I guess I can have lunch in the meantime.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
4  seeder  Vic Eldred    4 weeks ago

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"Students and several sources have reportedly disputed Duke University student Rachel Richardson’s claim of being pelted with racial slurs during a recent volleyball match."


 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
5  seeder  Vic Eldred    4 weeks ago

"Rachel Richardson made up a lie that an autistic kid called her the n word, which got him banned from all BYU games. Video shows the kid talking to a cop while she's serving. She also doesn't seem to mind the n word in the dozens of Tik Toks she's posted:

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JohnRussell
Professor Principal
5.1  JohnRussell  replied to  Vic Eldred @5    4 weeks ago
"Rachel Richardson made up a lie that an autistic kid called her the n word, which got him banned from all BYU games. Video shows the kid talking to a cop while she's serving.

What does that have to do with anything?

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
5.1.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  JohnRussell @5.1    4 weeks ago
What does that have to do with anything?

Richardson claimed to have heard the slurs while she was serving.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
6  JohnRussell    4 weeks ago

This is an astonishing seed. The seeder proclaims the story as the second coming of Jussie Smolett,  even though there isnt one word in the article that convincingly proves there was no racial heckling. 

If she identified the wrong person let him back into the games. Easy peasy. 

This is hardly the first time college or high school sports fans have engaged in racial heckling. 

there are a lot more

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
6.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  JohnRussell @6    4 weeks ago
even though there isnt one word in the article that convincingly proves there was no racial heckling. 

any any word that proves that there was.

This is hardly the first time college or high school sports fans have engaged in racial heckling. 

Exactly, guilt by association.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
6.1.1  JohnRussell  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @6.1    4 weeks ago

Let the investigation by the university play out. 

Maybe she identified the wrong guy. While that would be unfortunate, it hardly means she is lying.

 
 
 
Tacos!
Professor Expert
6.2  Tacos!  replied to  JohnRussell @6    4 weeks ago
even though there isnt one word in the article that convincingly proves there was no racial heckling. 

How about taking the opposite approach? The 'innocent until proven guilty" approach? The school sent people into the stands during the match. Police have examined recorded evidence of the crowd. Neither found evidence that anyone was racially heckling anybody.

Wouldn't it be good news if she was mistaken about what she heard? Or do you want it to be true that there was racial heckling? Why would you want that?

 
 
 
charger 383
Professor Quiet
7  charger 383    4 weeks ago

just looking for something to be offended about

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
8  Drinker of the Wry    4 weeks ago
Let the investigation by the university play out

Of course, has someone asked that it be halted?  perhaps the university should have completed it before taking action.

Maybe she identified the wrong guy. While that would be unfortunate, it hardly means she is lying

Hardly, it doesn't prove anything either way except that he may be innocent.

 
 
 
Tacos!
Professor Expert
9  Tacos!    4 weeks ago

Sometimes, if you expect to hear a thing, you hear it - even when it isn't there. It should be a comfort to everyone that no evidence of this racism has been found. Everyone who pointed the finger at this banned spectator apparently owes him a big apology.

 
 

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