No one including the media will apologize for pushing the latest iteration of black nationalist racism hoaxes. At best the media will move on and not mention it again. Most likely though it will just double down even in the face of a collapsing narrative.
An alleged racist incident occurred during a BYU Women’s Volleyball game on Friday, August 26, 2022. In a public statement given on Sunday, African-American Duke Volleyball player Rachel Richardson claimed, “[I] was targeted and racially heckled throughout the entirety of the match. The slurs and comments grew into threats… Both officials and BYU coaching staff were made aware of the incident during the game, but failed to take the necessary steps… they also failed to adequately address the situation after the game.”
Her story has spread across the nation, appearing in The New York Times, NPR, CNN, and The Hill, among others. BYU athletics appeared to agree with Richardson’s claim of racist slurs in an official statement posted on Twitter indicating that they had “banned a fan who was identified by Duke during last night’s volleyball match from all BYU athletic venues.”
Not just one slur, but racial slurs throughout the game, including threats, that everyone was made aware of. It’s odd then that there isn’t any video backing up her story in this viral age where even the slightest hostile encounter makes everyone reach for their smartphones and start recording.
At no point in time during the match did anyone feel the need to record a sustained campaign of racial slurs and threats.
Media outlets have aired video from the game that shows off no racial slurs, but claim that in this video you can “see Richardson being visibly upset”.
“Ms. Richardson complained of hearing a racial slur during the second set but did not point anyone out. Officials discussed briefly and stationed policemen there… there were no more complaints until after the match.”
The Cougar Chronicle has been unable to find a source in the student section that can corroborate Richardson’s claim of racial slurs being yelled at her.
One mentally disabled man was singled out, but he apparently didn’t shout any actual slurs.
“When a mentally challenged fan approached a Duke player. The Duke team then suddenly recognized the handicapped man’s ‘voice’ as the same one shouting slurs. They never saw or pointed out a face, just a voice. They banned this man. Not for slurs, but for interfering with visiting guests. BYU Athletics staff went through footage of the entire game and the man Duke identified was never seated in the student section. Her story doesn’t add up, BYU banned an innocent man to appease the mob and make their PR mess go away.”
The Salt Lake Tribune, often quite woke, backs that up.
Brigham Young University is still investigating the racist slurs yelled at a Duke volleyball player last week — in part because campus police say it doesn’t appear the man who was eventually banned was the person shouting the N-word.
“Various BYU Athletics employees have been reviewing video from BYUtv and other cameras in the facility that the volleyball team has access to for film review. This has been ongoing since right after the match on Friday night,” BYU Associate Athletic Director Jon McBride said in a statement. “The person 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.”
When asked if police had reviewed footage further to see who was yelling the slur — because they were able to see that the banned UVU student likely was not — Besendorfer said the police department is no longer looking at the video.
He said the task of reviewing the footage has been taken over by BYU athletics and the school’s communication administration.
“There’s a bunch of video,” Besendorfer said. “Athletics and university communication, they are looking at all of that.”
If there was a single racial slur, that’s ugly, but not a police matter. If there were threats, that is.
Rachel Robinson claimed that, she was “targeted and racially heckled throughout the entirety of the match. The slurs and comments grew into threats”. That should be easy enough to spot on video.
While there might be a lot of noise at a game, this is an indoors female volleyball match. How loud is it really going to get?
So far, Besendorfer also said, no one from the student section or elsewhere at the volleyball match last week has come forward to BYU police to report the individual responsible for the slur. He also said no one has come forward to say they heard the slur being shouted during the match. He implored students who heard the comments to come forward; they can call police dispatch, he said.
“We wish someone would,” he said.
Call and report that thing which didn’t happen.
The Salt Lake Tribune has to pay lip service to a woke narrative while dealing with the fact that the story makes no sense.
The police report also provides for the first time a more detailed timeline of what happened and the response by BYU during the match — and some of it does not match what the players recounted happened to them.
Richardson’s family has said a fan in the student section repeatedly yelled the N-word at Richardson every time she served the ball. Richardson later noted in a statement the racial slurs escalated throughout the match and some comments “grew into threats which caused [her] to feel unsafe.”
The officer said in his report he didn’t personally hear any slurs while he was visibly standing there, listening. He said all he heard was BYU fans calling specific Duke players by their first names.
Holmoe also said BYU sent four ushers and an officer into the stands looking for the person who said the racial slur, as he spoke during the interview with CNN on Monday.
Remember, Richardson alleged that, “Both officials and BYU coaching staff were made aware of the incident during the game, but failed to take the necessary steps… they also failed to adequately address the situation after the game.”
It sounds like they did everything possible short of a drone strike.
“The police officer said he talked to coaching staff from both teams that night and learned that Duke staff members were mad that he didn’t take action during the fourth set while the taunting continued. They said the black players were being called out by name, only — while none of the white players were.”
Being called out by name is not a racial slur.
“Richardson specified what she wanted Holmoe and BYU to do, including “staff and players undergoing education and training to better handle and prevent the racist, ignorant and asinine behaviors that were exhibited by their fans during the match.”
And a big fat Nike contract and a national presence.
The only question is when will Ben Crump drop his pursuit of Big Bird and Sesame Street to show up in Utah.