A University of Oregon representative apologized on Saturday after a video posted to social media appeared to show fans of the school’s football team chanting an expletive addressed to University fans. Brigham Young, a private university of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. , during a football match between the universities earlier the same day.
The chant targeted members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, known as Mormons, and led Utah Governor Spencer Cox to denounce the incident as a form of “bigotry religious”. on Twitter Saturday evening.
Oregon’s acting vice president for the student life division, Kris Winter, said in a statement late Saturday that “the university apologizes for the despicable chants started by some varsity fans. Oregon during today’s football game with Brigham Young University.
“There is no place for hatred, prejudice or bigotry at the University of Oregon,” she continued. “These actions are simply unacceptable. We will investigate and call on our students and the campus community to refuse to accept or tolerate this type of behavior.”
A representative for BYU did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Oregon Ducks won Saturday’s game – which took place at their Autzen Stadium – 41-20, according to ESPN.
The Deseret News, a Salt Lake City-based news site, reported that the chants “were similar to what USC fans sang at BYU last November.” This incident led the University of Southern California to also apologize for the chants, which were heard during ESPN’s national broadcast of the game, according to the Deseret News.
“Our student section’s offensive chant directed at BYU in last night’s football game does not align with our Trojan values,” the USC athletic department said. tweeted at the time. “It was in bad taste and we apologize to the BYU program.”
BYU won that game, held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, 35-31, according to ESPN and Deseret News.
It’s unclear whether chants from University of Oregon fans could be heard during Saturday’s televised game, according to the Deseret News.