Media largely ignores anti-Mormon chant at Oregon-BYU game

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Media retailers like CNN and MSNBC missed the latest incident involving Oregon Ducks followers shouting obscenities throughout a university soccer game on Saturday.

Over the weekend, movies emerged of Oregon followers loudly chanting “f— the Mormons” throughout a game in opposition to Brigham Young University, a personal college sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox, R., shared a video of followers chanting on his Twitter account, calling the chant an instance of non secular bigotry.

“Religious bigotry alive and celebrated in Oregon,” Cox tweeted.

Bo Nix #10 of the Oregon Ducks passes the ball throughout the first half of the game in opposition to the Eastern Washington Eagles at Autzen Stadium on September 10, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon.
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The Oregon Pit, the coed part of the University of Oregon, later apologized on Twitter shortly after the movies went public.

“To all @BYUfootball followers in attendance at immediately’s game we wish to apologize for the actions of the scholars in attendance. We don’t condone or assist any hateful speech directed in the direction of one’s faith and are ashamed of those that participated,” it tweeted.

The University of Oregon’s interim vp for the Division of Student Life additionally issued a press release.

“The college apologizes for the despicable chants made by some University of Oregon followers at immediately’s soccer game with Brigham Young University. There isn’t any place for hate, bias or bigotry at the University of Oregon. These actions are merely unacceptable. We will examine, and we name on our college students and campus neighborhood to refuse to just accept or tolerate the sort of conduct,” the assertion mentioned.

Although Oregon was fast to reply after the movies emerged, mainstream media largely ignored the incident in addition to the college’s apology. MSNBC and CNN had no experiences on the occasion, though NBC reported on the story on Sunday afternoon.

“A consultant for the University of Oregon apologized on Saturday after a video posted to social media appeared to indicate followers of the college’s soccer workforce chanting an expletive directed at followers of Brigham Young University, a personal college of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at a soccer game between the schools earlier the identical day,” Julianne McShane reported.

General view of LaVell Edwards Stadium prior to the game between the Utah Utes and the Brigham Young Cougars on September 9, 2017 in Provo, Utah.

General view of LaVell Edwards Stadium previous to the game between the Utah Utes and the Brigham Young Cougars on September 9, 2017 in Provo, Utah.
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The New York Times and the Washington Post have additionally been silent on the story as nicely, though the Washington Post reported on the game on Thursday.


This contrasted reporting on a racial slur allegedly being hurled at a Black girls’s volleyball participant at Duke University final month. Rachel Richardson claimed that in a match in opposition to Brigham Young University, she heard a fan yell the n-word in the direction of her “all through the whole thing of the match.” Shortly after her declare went viral, BYU apologized for the alleged incident and eliminated and banned the suspected fan who was revealed to be a Utah Valley University scholar.

However, an investigation into the occasion couldn’t corroborate Richardson’s story, and several other witnesses said that they didn’t hear any racial slurs throughout the game. So far, no video ever emerged of the slur getting used.

Media retailers have been fast to report on the story. ABC News’ web site printed at least three articles on the allegations and featured Richardson on “Good Morning America.” CNN featured a number of segments on the subject together with interviews with Richardson’s father, former NAACP president Cornell William Brooks and BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe. The story was additionally closely featured on ESPN.

After BYU’s investigation discovered no proof corroborating Richardson’s declare, some media retailers gave an replace on the investigation. CNN’s John Avalon did a section essential of the media’s rush to report the story earlier than verifying it themselves.

“Fidelity to the info is all that we as journalists and residents ought to ask,” Avlon mentioned. “It’s comprehensible that there is a need to imagine individuals after they say they have been victimized, however the accusations should be backed up by info and when the info do not match upon additional assessment, we have to set the file straight with as a lot depth because the preliminary experiences.”

CNN offered plenty of on-air coverage to the racial slur claim made by Duke volleyball player Rachel Richardson.  (CNN)

CNN supplied loads of on-air protection to the racial slur declare made by Duke volleyball participant Rachel Richardson. (CNN)


Brigham Young University was additionally subjected to obscene chants of “f— the Mormons” final yr throughout a soccer game in opposition to the USC Trojans. Although no movies emerged of the chanting, the college later launched a press release apologizing for the “distasteful” occasion.

“The offensive chant from our scholar part directed in the direction of BYU throughout the soccer game final evening doesn’t align with our Trojan values,” USC wrote at the time.

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