There is no denying that college-aged young adults aren’t the most refined people on the planet. In fact, that assertion may even be a little bit generous.
No, these folks can make some horrible decisions without a whole lot of help, as they begin to come to the realization that the real consequences kick in after you no longer have the excuse of being young and dumb.
So they rant and rave. They take chances. They hurt themselves. They dole out and suffer from heartbreak.
And, unfortunately, they often make some rather offensive mistakes. Just take the latest controversy out of the NCAA, for example.
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox slammed Oregon fans who were chanting “f— the Mormons” at a game between the Ducks and BYU on Saturday afternoon.Trending:
Cox quote-tweeted a video that showed Oregon students loudly chanting the phrase at the game.
We must warn you that the following footage contains strong language.
Religious bigotry alive and celebrated in Oregon. https://t.co/l8BdsSJWu2
— Spencer Cox (@SpencerJCox) September 18, 2022
An apology arrived almost immediately.
The virality of the video prompted the Oregon Pit Crew to issue an apology to BYU on Twitter. Brigham Young University is a private school in Provo, Utah, and is sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
“To all @BYUfootball fans in attendance at todays game we would like to apologize for the actions of the students in attendance. We do not condone or support any hateful speech directed towards one’s religion and are ashamed of those who participated,” their tweet read.
And another, this time from the school itself.
“The university apologizes for the despicable chants made by some University of Oregon fans at today’s football game with Brigham Young University,” a statement from the University of Oregon’s interim vice president for the Division of Student Life read. “There is no place for hate, bias or bigotry at the University of Oregon. These actions are simply unacceptable. We will investigate, and we call on our students and campus community to refuse to accept or tolerate this type of behavior.”
BYU was involved in another troubling incident earlier this semester, when a student at a home volleyball game was accused of yelling racial slurs at a member of the Duke team.
Upon further investigation, and after a rather large media fracas, BYU was unable to find any evidence that the slur was ever uttered, including a thorough review of the team’s video tape of the game.