Dawn Staley has a secret she wants to inform the world. South Carolina’s girls’s basketball coach apparently is aware of what actually occurred at a BYU-Duke volleyball match a pair of weeks in the past.
It turned out to be much more than a volleyball match. It detonated the most recent racial mushroom cloud, and the fallout continues.
A Duke participant stated BYU’s crowd racially taunted her and her Black teammates all through the night. Staley promptly canceled South Carolina’s home-and-home collection in opposition to BYU.
“After my private analysis,” she stated, “I decided for the well-being of my group.”
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It’d be good to know what her analysis found, as a result of BYU’s investigation turned up squat. Somebody must be held accountable, however who?
Duke’s Rachel Richardson has perpetrated a hoax, or BYU allowed an unruly racist to rain down N-words on a visiting participant.
I am unable to say as a result of I wasn’t sitting within the pupil part that evening in Provo, Utah. Neither have been you, nor Staley, nor the media, college officers and poohbah influencers who’ve reacted to the incident.
Perhaps no epithets have been yelled, however Richardson sincerely believes they have been. One factor I do know is that in terms of race, she has been conditioned to right away conclude the worst in individuals.
She’s hardly the one one.
“We have her again. This isn’t sports activities,” LeBron James tweeted.
I’m saying BYU – you probably did it!” ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith bellowed.
Dozens of volleyball groups at different universities posted #StandwithRachelRichardson hashtags on their social media accounts. Some wore black armbands in matches to point out solidarity.
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox tweeted how disgusting the incident was. BYU officers instantly banned a spectator they thought is likely to be responsible.
Then they started their investigation.
Remember the frenzy to judgment within the Bubba Wallace noose story
The rush to judgment was predictable. We noticed it when the social justice world detonated on NASCAR after a noose was supposedly present in Bubba Wallace’s storage.
The FBI scrambled a group to Talladega, solely to search out the rope was a door pull that had been there lengthy earlier than Wallace’s group was assigned to that storage.
We noticed it when a Colorado fan supposedly peppered Miami Marlins outfielder Lewis Brinson with the N-word. That triggered a media onslaught, with one columnist calling for the person to be jailed.
It turned out the man was yelling “Dinger!” making an attempt to get the eye of the Rockies’ mascot for a photograph.
The adage in journalism was, “If your mom says she loves you, test it out.” Now it is, “If your mom’s accused of racism, run with it.”
It would not matter if the precise allegation is true. It represents a higher fact that racism exists. And to even query that proves you are a racist.
Sure sufficient, that is how this one’s taking part in out. The narrative is BYU is 1% Black and Mormons have a tainted racial historical past and the way can anybody belief the varsity to analyze itself?
Well, there have been 5,007 followers at Smith Fieldhouse. Cops have pleaded for eyewitness or cell-phone evidence, and no one’s stepped ahead.
Were all of them sworn to secrecy?
BYU officers interviewed greater than 50 individuals and reviewed all videotapes. They’ve come up empty.
Nobody who was truly there has corroborated Richardson’s story – not even his teammates.
And that fan who received banned? It seems he is a mentally-challenged child who had no thought what all of the hubbub was about. His lifetime ban has been lifted.
Duke has issued a boilerplate assertion saying the way it deplores hate and bias. It didn’t tackle BYU’s particular findings. So much of individuals simply wish to transfer on, however this has was a political soccer.
Republican South Carolina lawmakers need Staley to justify canceling the collection with BYU. Democrats say South Carolina has no enterprise taking on the trigger of a faculty that is “affiliated with a well-funded denomination, in a state 2,000 miles away.”
Red or blue, it should not matter. The fact should matter.
There are greater than sufficient individuals responsible of racism. It undermines the battle when harmless Americans are reflexively condemned.
There’s additionally the matter of precedent. Should a coach be allowed to cancel a collection based mostly on evidence she will not share?
What if Staley pulled out of the basketball sport in opposition to Florida for a similar purpose?
What if a visiting participant thought she heard a racial taunt on the O’Connell Center throughout a volleyball match? Would the SEC permit Staley to unilaterally pull out of video games in opposition to Kelly Rae Finley’s basketball group?
Staley’s sticking to her weapons, saying she’s talked to individuals concerned.
“It wasn’t a knee-jerk response,” she stated. “I do not knee-jerk something.”
Fine, however cannot she no less than make clear her choice?
Richardson is being labeled a liar. Jussie Smollett 2.0.
Staley’s a revered coach with loads of well-earned clout. If she will be able to again up Richardson’s story, I’m certain the Duke sophomore would admire it very a lot.
If she will be able to’t, Staley owes BYU an apology, if not a pair of basketball video games. The Cougars hopefully aren’t holding their breath.
A South Carolina spokesperson informed me Monday that Staley has no plans to additional tackle the difficulty. Whatever evidence her investigation turned up shall stay sealed.
Given what we do know, I consider Staley discovered that loads of knees jerk in terms of racing. And individuals care extra about selling their agendas than searching for the reality.
No marvel she desires to maintain issues secret.
— David Whitley is The Gainesville Sun’s sports activities columnist. Contact him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @DavidEWhitley.