From the New York Times news section:
The school apologized to a spectator it had banned from its sporting events and said it could not corroborate a Duke player’s accusations of racial heckling. Duke said it stood by its players, “especially when their character is called into question.”
Or maybe the collapse of the story calls into question one Duke player’s hearing? After all, that’s all this National News was ever based on.
By Amanda Holpuch
Sept. 9, 2022
Updated 6:19 p.m. ET
Brigham Young University said Friday that it had completed its investigation into accusations of racial heckling and slurs at a volleyball match against Duke University last month and found no evidence to confirm that the behavior took place.
… In a statement provided by McBride on Friday, the school said the investigation was complete.
“From our extensive review, we have not found any evidence to corroborate the allegation that fans engaged in racial heckling or uttered racial slurs at the event,” the statement said. “As we stated earlier, we would not tolerate any conduct that would make a student-athlete feel unsafe.”
… Duke University said in a statement on Friday that it stood by its volleyball players.
B.Y.U. did not directly address why its findings contradicted the account by Richardson, and the statements by both universities left questions unanswered. As part of the investigation, B.Y.U. said it had reviewed security footage and footage taken by the school’s television channel with broadcasting audio removed to hear noise from the stands more clearly.
The school said it had also contacted more than 50 people who attended the event, including athletes and staff for both Duke and B.Y.U., event security and management officials and “many of the fans in the on-court student section.” It was not clear how many had been interviewed.
“Despite being unable to find supporting evidence of racial slurs in the many recordings and interviews,” the school’s statement said, “we hope that all those involved will understand our sincere efforts to ensure that all student-athletes competing at B.Y.U. feel safe.”
The Mean Streets of Provo are notoriously violent.
B.Y.U. said it would no longer bar attendance by the fan who was first identified by Duke’s Blue Devils as having used racial slurs during the match because no evidence could be found that the person actually used them. “B.Y.U. sincerely apologizes to that fan for any hardship the ban has caused,” the statement said.
The NYT doesn’t mention that he appears to be “special needs” and stutters.
In the statement from Duke, Nina King, the university’s vice president and director of athletics, said that the school stood by the women’s volleyball team, but she did not address the university’s role in the investigation or who might have been interviewed by B.Y.U.
“The 18 members of the Duke University volleyball team are exceptionally strong women who represent themselves, their families and Duke University with the utmost integrity,” King said. “We unequivocally stand with and champion them, especially when their character is called into question. Duke Athletics believes in respect, equality and inclusiveness, and we do not tolerate hate and bias.”
But the Duke statement, when read carefully, does not say it believes Ms. Richardson’s story.
B.Y.U. is owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The student population is predominantly white and Mormon. Less than one percent of students are Black. The school has struggled with creating an inclusive environment for its students of color, according to a February 2021 report by a university committee that studied race on campus.
Therefore, BYU is guilty!
And don’t even think about mentioning the 2006 Duke lacrosse hate hoax.