Duke Still ‘Stands With’ Women Volleyballers Amid No Racism Findings

Officials at Brigham Young University, were incident allegedly occurred, say extensive review found no evidence to support claims of slurs at match.

  • Duke volleyball player Rachel Richardson claimed that at a volleyball match against BYU last month she and her fellow black teammates had been subject to protracted racial slurs.
  • Allegations resulted in nationwide controversy, led to BYU banning a spectator it said was responsible for the slurs.
  • BYU said late last week  “extensive review” of the incident has produced no evidence to substantiate the claims.
  • University said it had consulted “all available video and audio recordings, including security footage and raw footage from all camera angles taken by BYUtv of the match,” as well as interviews with 50 individuals including “Duke athletic department personnel and student-athletes, BYU athletic department personnel and student-athletes, event security and management and fans who were in the arena that evening.”
  • Duke has declined to comment on BYU probe but said: “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. … We unequivocally stand with and champion them, especially when their character is called into question,” King added. “Duke Athletics believes in respect, equality and inclusiveness, and we do not tolerate hate and bias.”