South Carolina Women’s Basketball Cancels BYU Games After Racial Incident At Volleyball Game


The South Carolina Gamecocks girls’s basketball workforce has canceled its home-and-home collection with the Brigham Younger College (BYU) Cougars following the racial incident involving Duke volleyball participant Rachel Richardson at a BYU sport final week, Daybreak Staley, head coach for the defending nationwide champions stated on Friday.

“As a head coach, my job is to do what’s best for my players and staff,” Staley stated in a press release. “The incident at BYU has led me to reevaluate our home-and-home, and I don’t feel that this is the right time for us to engage in this series.”

Richardson stated BYU officers didn’t act fast sufficient to cease the racist harassment she and different Black gamers had been topic to throughout a match final week. Richardson tweeted that she and a few of her teammates “were targeted and racially heckled throughout the entirety of the match. The slurs and comments grew into threats which caused us to feel unsafe.”

BYU issued an apology the day after the sport and stated it banned a fan.

South Carolina was scheduled to open its season at dwelling towards BYU on November 7. The Gamecocks stated they’re in search of one other opponent for the season opener at Colonial Life Area.

BYU stated it’s “extremely disappointed” with the choice.

“We are extremely disappointed in South Carolina’s decision to cancel our series and ask for patience with the on-going investigation,” BYU girls’s basketball workforce stated in a press release on Twitter. “We believe the solution is to work together to root out racism and not to separate from one another. #LoveOneAnother.”

Each groups had been set to play one another on the Utah college subsequent season.

BYU stated it has no proof that the fan banned used a racial slur. The investigation is ongoing.

“We are still investigating fan behavior as well as investigating our own response to the reported behavior,” Jon McBride, BYU affiliate athletic director stated in a press release to CNN on Saturday. “The individual who was banned was the person identified by Duke as using racial slurs. However, we have been unable to find any evidence of that person using slurs in the match. We continue to investigate that specific situation.”

On Thursday, BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe wrote an opinion piece for the Deseret Information stating that the varsity is “committed to zero-tolerance of racism” and can be outlined by its response to the racial incident.

“Let me be clear where BYU stands on this issue: racism is disgusting and unacceptable,” he wrote. “Now we have labored to know and follow-up on Rachel’s expertise with honest dedication and ongoing concern. To say we had been extraordinarily disheartened by her report just isn’t sturdy sufficient language. BYU and BYU Athletics are dedicated to zero-tolerance of racism. Any fan discovered partaking in racist insults can be banned from our athletic venues.

Holmoe added: “While some will try to define BYU by this incident, we will ultimately be defined by how we respond. The BYU I know and love rejects racism.”