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University of South Carolina cancels game with BYU amid alleged racist smear incident with Duke

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The recent alleged Duke and BYU women’s volleyball incident has impacted the basketball season, which effectively won’t start for another three months.

The University of South Carolina women’s basketball team has canceled two games (one this year and one next year) against BYU following the alleged incident.

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South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Dawn Staley receives the WBCA Coaches Trophy after defeating the UConn Huskies in the championship game of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 3, 2022 .

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

However, this claim has been challenged by witnesses who say they have heard nothing at all.

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

“My job as head coach is to do what’s best for my players and staff,” Staley said in a statement released by the state of South Carolina on Friday. However, I feel that now is not the right time to join this series.

A full view of Lovell Edwards Stadium before the Utah Uts game against the Brigham Young Cougars on September 9, 2017 in Provo, Utah.

A full view of Lovell Edwards Stadium before the Utah Uts game against the Brigham Young Cougars on September 9, 2017 in Provo, Utah.
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A BYU spokesperson told Fox News Digital that Duke was the first to bring up the slur heard in game three, but no one was identified.

The person also said four staff members and one uniformed officer spoke to the student section (the fan in question was a Utah Valley student) and no complaints were made from Duke about the remaining games. .

BYU apologized for the incident and banned the fan in question, but the school said the person was kicked out of the game for “disturbing a guest” rather than shouting slurs at a player.

Neither BYU officials nor BYU police confirmed the slander was used to determine whether the person was shouting at Richardson while serving as he claimed. I couldn’t even do it.

A full view of Lovell Edwards Stadium before the Utah Uts game against the Brigham Young Cougars on September 9, 2017 in Provo, Utah.

A full view of Lovell Edwards Stadium before the Utah Uts game against the Brigham Young Cougars on September 9, 2017 in Provo, Utah.
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‚ÄúVarious BYU Athletics employees have been reviewing video from BYUtv and other cameras at facilities accessible to volleyball teams for movie reviews. statement. “What was banned was the person Duke identified as using racial slurs. However, we were unable to find evidence that the person used slurs at the match.”

A BYU track and field official also told BYU’s student-led newspaper that Fan has a mental disorder.

“When a mentally disturbed fan approached a Duke player, Duke’s team suddenly recognized the ‘voice’ of the disabled man as the same person shouting slurs.” They banned this guy, not for slander, but for disturbing visitors.BYU Athletics staff reviewed footage of the entire game, The man Duke identified never sat in the student section.Her story isn’t going well, BYU has banned innocent men from appeasing mobs and clearing their PR chaos.Richardson I don’t know if you really misheard something or intentionally made up this story, but it certainly doesn’t constitute the criticism received by BYU. There have been no eyewitnesses, except for Mr. Richardson. It is unlikely when this person is supposed to have slurred during ‘every serve’.”

The NCAA logo will be used at the Division I Women's Volleyball Semifinals on December 19, 2019 at the PPG Paint Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The NCAA logo will be used at the Division I Women’s Volleyball Semifinals on December 19, 2019 at the PPG Paint Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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However, according to police reports, someone left a threatening voicemail to the BYU coach on Sunday and “faced” the Duke player after Friday’s game, making the player feel “uncomfortable.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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