Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued a statement Sunday, condemning the “Mormons” chant shouted by members of the University of Oregon’s student division during Saturday’s game against Pew University.
“In Oregon, we strive to be a welcoming and inclusive state for everyone, regardless of race, religion, gender, or background,” Brown wrote on Twitter. Our state and nation have an ugly history of discrimination and bigotry. The cheering at yesterday’s game in Oregon-BYU was unacceptable. We must do better.”
Brown’s statement followed On a statement from the universitywho issued an apology for the “disgraceful” chant the day after the competition.
“The University of Oregon sincerely apologizes for the insulting and shameful chanting coming from the student section during yesterday’s game against Brigham Young University,” Read the statement. “These kinds of actions go against everything the university stands for, and they go against the spirit of competition. We can and will do better as a campus community where there is no place for hate, prejudice, or bigotry.”
The school did not say whether there would be any kind of punishment for those involved in the chanting.
Saturday’s match in the standings between then no. Oregon 25 and No. 12 BYU quickly turned lopsided when the ducks raced to 38-7. Oregon went on to win 40-21, marking the Ducks’ first charming win of the season, but the victory was marred by the hateful actions of some in the stands.
The ducks, who jumped to number 15 in an AP poll this week, will return to road work on Saturday in Washington state.
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