A University of Oregon representative has apologized after a video posted to social media appears to show fans of the school’s football team chanting an expletive addressed to Brigham Young University fans , a private college of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at their football game on Saturday.
The chant targeted members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, known as Mormons, leading Utah Governor Spencer Cox to denounce the incident as a form of ‘religious bigotry’ . on Twitter Saturday evening.
Oregon’s acting vice president for student life, Kris Winter, said in a statement late Saturday that “the university apologizes for the despicable chants started by some University of Oregon fans during today’s football game with Brigham Young University”.
“There is no place for hatred, prejudice or bigotry at the University of Oregon,” she said. “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 at their Autzen Stadium 41-20.
The Deseret News, a Salt Lake City newspaper, reported that the chants “were similar to what USC fans sang at BYU last November.” This incident also led the University of Southern California to apologize for the chants, which were heard during ESPN’s national broadcast of the game.
“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, played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, 35-31.
It’s unclear if chants from University of Oregon fans could be heard during Saturday’s TV broadcast of the game, according to the Deseret News.