After reportedly yelling racial epithets and threats at a Duke volleyball player during a match in U

According to her family, Rachel Richardson, a sophomore on the Duke University volleyball team, was advised to "watch her back" and called the n-word during the game on Friday in Utah.

During a match against Brigham Young University in Utah on Friday, a Duke University women's volleyball player was intimidated and subjected to racial epithets; as a result, the fan was barred from future sporting events, according to her family and the school.


According to her godmother Lesa Pamplin, Rachel Richardson, a Black starter on Duke's team, was intimidated by "a white male that advised her to watch her back going to the team bus" and called the n-word "every time she served."


Due to the claimed harassment, a police officer had to be stationed by the Duke team's bench, according to Pamplin.


More than 5,000 spectators attended the game at Smith Fieldhouse in Provo, Utah.


The mother of Rachel Gloria Richardson told NBC News that her daughter contacted her on Friday night and was in tears.


"It stung to hear our strong, independent daughter call and cry. She stated that she didn't feel secure.


She claimed that her daughter, an Ellicott City, Maryland, sophomore, first chose not to inform her parents or coach about the jeering. The officials summoned a police officer to the field following the second game.


She was very frightened, according to her mother. "She just felt singled out with over 5,500 people at this game wearing Blue, and it was just worrisome for her."


"Aside from the "toN-word," she frequently heard booing while serving. That wasn't understood by her white teammates. She had her back to the fans. and she only hears the n-word and her name. She didn't go around, said Gloria.


Outside hitter Rachel finally met with the BYU athletic director, who revealed that the suspect had been identified and was said to be a guest of someone else rather than a BYU student. Gloria claims that she was also told that just one person was responsible for the insult.


Not just Richardson but also her Black teammates were impacted by the occurrence.


The other Black girls cried and expressed their fear "Gloria stated. "The members of the black team felt frightened and isolated.


The event was confirmed by BYU on Saturday, and it was announced that a fan who is not a student there has been barred from all athletic venues.


"We anticipate that visitors to BYU athletic events will be treated with love and respect and will feel safe on our campus. For this reason, BYU has banned a fan from all BYU sporting facilities who was recognized by Duke during last night's volleyball game. Even though the fan was seated in the student area, they are not BYU students, the university claimed.


The institution issued an apology to Duke University and the team's student-athletes.


"To say we are profoundly disappointed at the behavior of a few volleyball fans last night is not strong enough language, "The declaration said. "The use of a racist slur at any of our sporting events is specifically totally unacceptable, and BYU Athletics has a zero-tolerance policy for this behavior, according to the statement.


The statement added, "There is no place for conduct like these in our venues. We want BYU athletic events to offer a safe atmosphere for everyone."


Duke's Saturday game at the same BYU field house was relocated as a result of the Friday incident.


The health of Duke student-athletes comes first, according to Duke Vice President & Director of Athletics Nina King.


"We feel obligated to move today's match against Rider to a separate location to provide both teams the safest atmosphere for competition after extraordinarily sad circumstances at Friday night's match at BYU," she added.


The student-athletes "who have been deeply impacted" have been in contact with her, she said, and she "will continue to support them in every way possible."


Before their match on Saturday, the Rider University women's volleyball team inscribed a message of support for Richardson on their wrists.


"We are totally behind Rachel as we get ready to play @DukeVB this afternoon. For #3, we compete today. Racism has no place on or off the court, "the group wrote in a tweet.


Tom Holmoe, the athletic director at BYU, spoke to the crowd before the game on Saturday and denounced the "egregious and hateful remarks" used during the earlier game.


"I want you to know that I spoke with the young athlete on Duke's squad as well as her coach this morning. You would have liked her if you had met her. You don't feel that way because you don't know her, he said.


"We failed miserably. We didn't do our best," he claimed.


He urged BYU supporters to be "courageous to take a stand" and take care of visitors who were invited to play there.


"Cheer them on as loud as you can, but do not pass the line where you would hurt or harm someone in any manner," he advised Cougar supporters.


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