Duke Volleyball Player Rachel Richardson Says BYU Didn’t React Quickly Enough to Racial Slurs

The Duke volleyball player who was subjected to racial slurs during a match at BYU said Sunday that officials on-site didn’t react quickly enough when they were made aware of the behavior during play.

Nor did they adequately address the situation immediately after the game, Rachel Richardson said in a statement posted to her Twitter account.

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“No athlete, regardless of their race should ever be subject to such hostile conditions,” said Richardson, the only Black starter on the Blue Devils team.

BYU banned a fan from all athletic venues on campus Saturday, a day after the match, and said the athletic department has a “zero-tolerance approach to this behavior.” The fan was not a student but was sitting in the student section.

Richardson’s godmother, Lesa Pamplin, had tweeted that Richardson was called a racial slur “every time she served” during the match. She also wrote that Richardson “was threatened by a white male that told her to watch her back going to the team bus. A police officer had to be put by their bench.”

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