Posted on September 1, 2022

No Evidence Found of Banned BYU Fan Using Racist Slurs at Volleyball Game

Jeff Tavss, Fox 13, August 31, 2022

Days after a Brigham Young University fan was banned for allegedly directing racist slurs at an opposing volleyball player, the school says it has no evidence that the man actually said the words.

During Friday’s game at Smith Fieldhouse, Duke officials reported that a fan was harassing Blue Devils volleyball player Rachel Richardson while she was on the court. A day later, BYU issued a statement claiming that it had banned the fan who was sitting in the student section during the game, but was not a student at the school.

“It wasn’t until after the game that an individual was identified by Duke who they believed were uttering the slurs and exhibiting problematic behaviors. That is the individual who has been banned,” said BYU Associate Athletic Director Jon McBride on Sunday.

However, McBride told FOX 13 News on Wednesday that while Duke identified the person as using the slurs, “we have been unable to find any evidence of that person using slurs in the match.”

Campus police also told the Salt Lake Tribune that reviews of surveillance footage don’t show the unidentified man shouting anything at the Richardson.