Posted on August 30, 2022

Duke Volleyball’s Rachel Richardson Says BYU Slow to Respond to Racial Slurs

ESPN, August 28, 2022

The Duke volleyball player who was subjected to racial slurs during a match at BYU said Sunday that officials on-site didn’t react quickly enough when they were made aware of the behavior during play.

Nor did they adequately address the situation immediately after the game, Rachel Richardson said in a statement posted to her Twitter account.

“No athlete, regardless of their race should ever be subject to such hostile conditions,” said Richardson, the only Black starter on the Blue Devils team.

BYU banned a fan from all athletic venues on campus Saturday, a day after the match, and said the athletic department has a “zero-tolerance approach to this behavior.” The fan was not a student but was sitting in the student section.

Richardson’s godmother, Lesa Pamplin, had tweeted that Richardson was called a racial slur “every time she served” during the match. She also wrote that Richardson “was threatened by a white male that told her to watch her back going to the team bus. A police officer had to be put by their bench.”


“This is not the first time this has happened in college athletics and sadly it likely will not be the last time,” Richardson said. “However, each time it happens we as student athletes, coaches, fans, and administrators have a chance to educate those who act in hateful ways.”