University of Oregon apologizes for ‘shameful chanting’ at football game


The University of Oregon issued an apology after some students shouted a sectarian chant during Saturday’s football game against Utah’s Brigham Young University.

The university “sincerely apologizes for an offensive and shameful chant coming from the student section” during the game, it said in a statement. statement on Twitter.

“These types of actions go against everything college stands for, and it goes against the spirit of competition,” the statement said. “We can and will do better as a campus community that has no room for hate, prejudice or bigotry.”

Videos of the incident made by a BYU fan show Oregon fans singing “F**k the Mormons” repeatedly.

The student who shot the video – who did not want to be named – said she was a Mormon and was used to people making comments against Mormons, but asked: “When will it be time for Mormons to be included in religious acceptance?”

The chanting took place at least five times, she said.

“I wouldn’t say it made me emotional,” she told CNN. “It was like in my head, I was like, ‘This is not right,’ and our society still seems to think it’s okay to make fun of Mormons and… I’m going to say something.”

Saturday, the governor of Utah. Spencer Cox (R) retweeted a clip of the incident, writing “Religious fanaticism alive and celebrated in Oregon”.

The Oregon Pit Crew, a student-run Twitter account for the university’s student chapter, issued its own apology.

“We do not tolerate or support any hate speech directed against his religion and are ashamed of those who participated in it,” they wrote.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) condemned the chant as “unacceptable”.

“In Oregon, we strive to be a welcoming and inclusive state for everyone, regardless of race, religion, gender, or origin. Our state and our nation have an ugly history of discrimination and bigotry. The chanting during yesterday’s Oregon-BYU game was unacceptable We need to do better,” she tweeted.

Govt. Cox retweeted each of the excuses with a heart emoji and a fist emoji.

“We appreciate the University of Oregon’s sincere apologies regarding the behavior of some fans at Autzen Stadium on Saturday,” BYU said in a statement. statement. “We recognize that this isolated behavior does not reflect the values ​​of the University of Oregon. As we all work together to address the incidents that seek to divide us, we are grateful to those who are willing to come together to build bridges of understanding.

Before the start of the game, the BYU team emerged from the tunnel with an Oregon flag bearing the name and number of Oregon player Spencer Webb, who died in July after suffering a head injury from a climbing accident.

BYU was founded in 1875 by the second president of the Mormon Church, Brigham Young. The university is supported by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and almost all of its students are Mormons.

Saturday’s incident will be investigated, according to Kris Winter, Oregon’s acting vice president for the Division of Student Life.

“We call on our students and the campus community to refuse to condone or condone this type of behavior,” she said in a statement.