College Football 2022: Utah governor slams Oregon fans for bigoted chant against Mormons
Utah governor Spencer Cox ripped rowdy irreverent fans who chanted “f*** the Mormons” during a football match between Oregon and BYU on Saturday.
“Religious bigotry alive and celebrated in Oregon,” the Republican governor tweeted in response to a video of the hateful chant at the University of Oregon home game.
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Oregon Ducks fans can be heard repeating the line at least twice before the ugly chant trails off in one video, the NY Post reports.
The school and its student section both apologised on Sunday for the “offensive and disgraceful” chant in a series of tweets.
“The University of Oregon sincerely apologises for an offensive and disgraceful chant coming from the student section during yesterday’s game against Brigham Young University,” the university stated.
“These types of actions go against everything the university stands for, and it goes against the spirit of competition.
“We can and will do better as a campus community that has no place for hate, bias or bigotry.”
The student fan group section dubbed the “Oregon Pit Crew” said it was “ashamed” of the incident.
“To all (BYU football) fans in attendance at today’s game we would like to apologise for the actions of the students in attendance,” the group tweeted.
“We do not condone any hateful speech directed towards one’s religion and are ashamed of those who participated.”
Last month, BYU faced heat when a Duke volleyball player accused fans of racial heckling and slinging racial slurs at her during a match at BYU, but an internal investigation by the Utah university later found no evidence to back up the claim.
BYU is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, widely known as the Mormon church.
The BYU Cougars got beat by Oregon 41-20 at the Saturday game.
This article originally appeared on the New York Post and was reproduced with permission