University of Oregon apologizes for anti-Mormon chant at BYU football game

University of Oregon students erupted in a hymn of smashing their opponents just moments after the Brigham Young Cougars scored their first touchdown during Saturday’s football game.

They didn’t mention cougars or the university specifically. Instead, the students composed something intrinsically linked to BYU—religion—into an obscene anti-Mormon hymn in a crowd of 54,000 sold out at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.

The chorus marred a 41-20 win for the Ducks, who were ranked 25th entering the game against the 12th Cougars. Hours after the match, the Utah governor denounced the chant as “religious bigotry.” Sunday afternoon, University of Oregon officials I apologize, describing the chant as “humiliating and shameful”. The students said theyashamedFrom their classmates.

BYUlocated in Provo, Utah, was founded in 1875 by Brigham Youngwho served from 1847 to 1877 as the second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Almost all of them Of the more than 30,000 students at BYU are Mormons.

The BYU graduate sat next to the student section and captured the cheer in a seven-second video that has since been viewed more than 988,000 times on Twitter. She told Aubrey, the alum identified only by her first name KSTU She attended a Cougars-Ducks game with a close college friend as part of their tradition of visiting the opposing team’s stadium for a BYU off-field match.

Aubrey said the student department shouted the hymn twice before she recorded her video with 14:53 remaining in the second quarter. BYU scored a touchdown and was preparing to kick an extra point that made the score 10-7. She told KSTU that she heard the chanting two more times, but did not confront the students “because I felt it would make the situation worse.” Instead, she told the station, she alerted a stadium employee who said she was annoyed by the cheering.

Aubrey agreed. “It was really frustrating,” she told the television station, adding that “there is unfortunate acceptance in a lot of areas that you don’t make fun of a lot of religions, but Mormons are a free game to make fun of. And I would like that to stop.”

Aubrey’s video caught the attention of Utah Governor Spencer Cox (right), who just hours after the match he said that “[r]Religious intolerance [is] alive and celebrated in Oregon.”

His Oregon counterpart, Oregon Governor Kate Brown (Democrat), said this isn’t true, or at least it shouldn’t be.

“In Oregon, we strive to be a welcoming and inclusive state for all, regardless of race, religion, gender or background,” Brown said. a permit. Our state and nation have an ugly history of discrimination and bigotry. The cheering at yesterday’s game in Oregon-BYU was unacceptable.

Officials at the University of Oregon agree. On Sunday afternoon, they apologized for an “offensive and shameful chant coming from the student section during yesterday’s game.”

“These kinds of actions go against everything the university stands for, and they run counter to the spirit of competition,” said university officials. Statement. “We can and will do better as a campus community where there is no place for hate, prejudice, or bigotry.”

Chris Winter, interim vice president for student life, said Associated Press Officials will investigate what happened.

The Oregon Pit Crew, the Duck Student’s official Twitter account, also expressed regret, adding that it “does not condone or support any hateful rhetoric directed at one’s religion.”

A nearly identical incident occurred this past college football season on November 27 when the Cougars beat the USC Trojans, 35-31, in Los Angeles. Many BYU fans said in the game Deseret News That on at least five occasions, University of Southern California students shouted the same outrageous anti-Mormon chant that duck fans will engage in less than a year later.

USC officials apologized A day later, he denounced the chant as “distasteful” and said it was “inconsistent with our Trojan values”.

BYU says investigation found no evidence of racist insults at Duke’s volleyball player

Last month, BYU found itself under fire when a Duke women’s volleyball player accused a Cougars fan of repeatedly yelling out hitter Rachel Richardson “every time I served” during August 26 match in Provo. After the match, Richardson was threatened by a white man who told her to watch her return to the team bus.

While Brigham Young University initially apologized to the Blue Devils and banned the student accused of shouting racial slurs at Richardson, it announced on September 9 that Accident investigation No evidence was found to support the claim that fans participated in racial harassment or racial slurs at the event.