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South Carolina women’s basketball cancels BYU game after race scandal at volleyball game



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The Gamecox, South Carolina, women’s basketball team has announced that the Brigham Young University (BYU) Cougars will be released following a racism incident involving Duke volleyball player Rachel Richardson and defending head coach Dawn Staley at last week’s BYU game. canceled the Home and Home series with. The national champion said Friday.

“My job as head coach is to do what is best for the players and staff. I don’t feel it’s the right time to do that.”

Richardson said she did not act quickly enough to stop the racist harassment she and other black players were subjected to during last week’s game. Some said they were “targeted and racially taunted throughout the match. Swearing and comments escalated into threats and made us feel unsafe.”

BYU issued an apology the day after the game, banned fans.

South Carolina was scheduled to play BYU at home on November 7th. Gamecox said Colonial is looking for another opponent for the season opener at Life in his arena.

BYU said it was “extremely disappointed” with the decision.

The BYU women’s basketball team tweeted, “Very disappointed with the decision by the State of South Carolina to cancel the series and ask for patience with the ongoing investigation. The solution is to work together, not divide each other.” I believe that it is to eradicate racism through #love each other.”

The two teams were scheduled to meet at the University of Utah next season.

BYU said it has no evidence that banned fans used racial slurs.

BYU’s associate athletic director, John McBride, said in a statement to CNN on Saturday, “Not only are we still investigating fan behavior, but our own response to reported behavior. “What was banned was the person Duke identified as using racial slurs. However, we found no evidence that the person used the slur in the match.” We continue to investigate that particular situation.”

On Thursday, BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmo wrote an opinion piece for Deseret News that said the school has committed to “no tolerance for racism” and will be defined by its response to racial incidents. I was.

“Let me clarify BYU’s position on this issue: racism is repulsive and unacceptable,” he wrote. “We have worked with sincere commitment and continued concern to understand and follow up on Rachel’s experience. BYU Athletics has zero tolerance for racism and any fan found to have engaged in a racist insult will be banned from our playing field.

Holmoe adds: BYU, which I know and love, rejects racism. ”

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