The University of Oregon and the school’s student section each issued statements apologizing for the offensive chants directed toward BYU by a small section of fans during Saturday’s game at Autzen Stadium.
Multiple videos posted to social media late during Oregon’s 41-20 win over BYU show some fans in the Northwest area of the stadium, typically where a portion of the student section is located, shouting a vulgar anti-Mormon chant.
Multiple Oregon football players are also Mormon.
The videos were shared numerous times, including by Utah Governor Spencer Cox.
Kris Winter, interim vice president for the division of student life at UO, said the school will investigate.
“The university apologizes for the despicable chants made by some University of Oregon fans at today’s football game with Brigham Young University,” Winter said in a statement. “There is no place for hate, bias or bigotry at the University of Oregon. These actions are simply unacceptable. We will investigate, and we call on our students and campus community to refuse to accept or tolerate this type of behavior.”
The Pit Crew, Oregon’s student section, issued an apology as well.
“To all @BYUfootball fans in attendance at todays game we would like to apologize for the actions of the students in attendance,” the organization tweeted. “We do not condone or support any hateful speech directed towards one’s religion and are ashamed of those who participated.”
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