A representative of the University of Oregon apologized after video posted to social media marketing seemed to show fans of the school’s football team chanting an expletive fond of fans of Brigham Young University, an exclusive university of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at their football game Saturday.
The chant targeted members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that are referred to as Mormons, leading Utah’s governor, Spencer Cox, to decry the incident as a kind of “religious bigotry” on Twitter on Saturday night.
Oregon’s interim vice president for student life, Kris Winter, said in a statement Saturday night that “the university apologizes for the despicable chants created by some University of Oregon fans at todays football game with Brigham Young University.”
“There is absolutely no place for hate, bias or bigotry at the University of Oregon,” she said. “These actions are simply just unacceptable. We shall investigate, and we ask our students and campus community to won’t accept or tolerate this kind of behavior.”
A representative of BYU didn’t immediately react to a obtain comment.
The Oregon Ducks won the overall game Saturday at their Autzen Stadium 41-20.
The Deseret News, a newspaper in Salt Lake City, reported that the chants “were much like what USC fans chanted at BYU last November.” That incident also led the University of Southern California to apologize for the chants, that have been heard on ESPN’s national broadcast of the overall game.
“The offensive chant from our student section directed towards BYU through the football game yesterday evening will not align with this Trojan values,” USC’s athletic department tweeted at that time. “It had been distasteful and we apologize to the BYU program.”
BYU won that game, played at the LA Memorial Coliseum, 35-31.
It really is unclear if the chants from University of Oregon fans could possibly be heard on the tv screen broadcast of Saturday’s game, based on the Deseret News.