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Hate Hoax: No Evidence To Support Duke Women’s Volleyball Player Claim She Was Called Racist Slur At BYU Match

Hate Hoax: No Evidence To Support Duke Women’s Volleyball Player Claim She Was Called Racist Slur At BYU Match

“There is zero evidence of a slur being said. Not a single witness, besides Ms. Richardson, has come forth. Not a single cell phone video or BYUtv’s several camera angles caught a single thing.” But that didn’t stop the media from running wild with the story.

This story blew up because of course it did. According to Duke women’s volleyball player Rachel Richardson, she was called racial slurs during a game, and the university didn’t act quickly enough to suit her.

Of course, one problem with the incident is that there is, thus far, no evidence that anyone called her any names, much less a racist slur.  Another is that the fan the university did eventually ban was not even banned for shouting slurs at her (because there is no evidence anyone did) but for “interfering with BYU guests.”

The banned fan is reportedly mentally impaired and was not even seated in the student section from which the racist slurs reportedly (reported only by Richardson, no one else heard them) originated.

Of course, the legacy media was all over the “story,” with NBC and ABC leading the charge with misleading articles that don’t engage in even surface journalism (such as watching the tape of the game and reporting their findings).

Fox News reports:

NCAA women’s volleyball was put under a cloud of controversy over the weekend when Duke player Rachel Richardson said she was subjected to racial slurs during at a game against Brigham Young University in Utah.

Richardson said BYU officials did not react quickly enough to address the situation. BYU said the fan was not a student but was sitting in the student section and banned the fan from all athletic venues on campus.

On Tuesday, BYU officials said they were still investigating the alleged incident. BYU police Lt. George Besendorfer said an initial investigation of the footage from the crowd did not appear to show the person who was banned shouting anything while Richardson was serving.

“When we watched the video, we did not observe that behavior from him,” Besendorfer said via the Salt Lake Tribune.

BYU associate athletic director Jon McBride added that several athletics employees have been combing through all the footage the team has access to and have not found evidence of racial slurs being shouted.

“Various BYU Athletics employees have been reviewing video from BYUtv and other cameras in the facility that the volleyball team has access to for film review. This has been ongoing since right after the match on Friday night,” McBride said in a statement. “The person who was banned was the person identified by Duke as using racial slurs. However, we have been unable to find any evidence of that person using slurs in the match.”

If it’s not on the video of the game, and they have watched not just the official Duke video but also student and other video from the section where Richardson claimed the slurs originated, then it’s pretty difficult to believe it happened at all.

Here’s the full video if you are interested in watching it yourself.

Not only is the alleged incident (or series of incidents) not on tape, but not one student has come forward to say they heard the slurs. No video, no witnesses. Just Richardson claiming she heard the slurs.

The Cougar Chronicle has more (archive link):

The video of the match shows that Rachael Richardson served on the ROC (student section) side four times in the game, twice in the second set and twice in the fourth. A police officer can be seen standing by the ROC section monitoring the students as Richardson serves in the fourth set. Richardson did not mention this officer in her statement.

The Cougar Chronicle has been unable to find a source in the student section that can corroborate Richardson’s claim of racial slurs being yelled at her. Vera Smith, a BYU student in the student section during the game, said she “heard absolutely nothing” that could be taken as a racial slur. Jacob Hanson, also a BYU student, shared texts with the Cougar Chronicle from two friends in two different parts of the student section that also heard nothing. They said they were not aware there had been a problem until after the game.

Maddy Johnson, another BYU student who was in the ROC student section, said she did not hear any racial slur said and when she saw the individual escorted out of the arena he was in a different section. A mother of a BYU student says she personally knows five people who were in the student section during the game “One person was on the court and the others were in the first row” she told the Chronicle. None of them heard a racial slur. Two other people on the court, who wish to remain anonymous, did not hear any racial slurs.

Connor [the pseudonym for the Cougar Chronicle’s confidential source] explained what happened after the game:

“When a mentally challenged fan approached a Duke player. The Duke team then suddenly recognized the handicapped man’s ‘voice’ as the same one shouting slurs. They never saw or pointed out a face, just a voice. They banned this man. Not for slurs, but for interfering with visiting guests. BYU Athletics staff went through footage of the entire game and the man Duke identified was never seated in the student section. Her story doesn’t add up, BYU banned an innocent man to appease the mob and make their PR mess go away. While I don’t know if Ms. Richardson genuinely misheard something or intentionally made up this story, it certainly does not constitute the criticism BYU has gotten. There is zero evidence of a slur being said. Not a single witness, besides Ms. Richardson, has come forth. Not a single cell phone video or BYUtv’s several camera angles caught a single thing. How unlikely when this person supposedly said a slur during ‘every single serve.'”

The Cougar Chronicle reviewed private messages between Connor and others inside the athletic department. The messages corroborate Connor’s statement.

BYU apparently felt they had to ban someone, so they picked someone out after the game and banned him.

It’s also worth noting that Richardson’s godmother, who was the first to report the alleged incident, is running for office in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Cougar Chronicle continues:

In a second press release not posted to Twitter BYU athletics clarified the reason they banned the accused man, “Following Friday night’s volleyball game, we spent hours reviewing video of the event to try and figure out what exactly [happened]… When last night’s behavior was initially reported by Duke, there was no individual pointed out… It wasn’t until after the game that an individual was identified by Duke… That is the individual who has been banned.” Despite not finding any evidence, BYU athletics was sure to indicate they still believed Richardson. “We understand that the Duke players’ experience is what matters here. They felt unsafe and hurt, and we were unable to address that during the game in a manner that was sufficient. For that, we truly do apologize” the statement continued. The Chronicle has reached out to BYU athletics for comment but did not receive a reply by the time of this publication.

Rachel Richardson was not the only person who provided statements to the media on her experience. Marvin Richardson, Rachel’s father, claimed there was more than one person throwing slurs at his daughter. He did not attend the game.

Another relation, Rachel’s godmother Lesa Pamplin, drew attention to the story before Richardson’s statement by Tweeting “While playing yesterday [my Goddaughter] was called a n***** every time she served. She was threatened by a white male that told her to watch her back going to the team bus.” According to her Twitter account, Pamplin is an attorney and a current candidate for a Fort Worth judicial election. Pamplin even claimed credit for making the story national news in an official campaign statement on the incident. “We should be even more outraged that it took a Tweet from me, in Tarrant County Texas, to bring this incident to light” she stated. As indicated in the statement, Pamplin was also not at the game.

I take issue with BYU’s statement that “the Duke players’ experience is what matters here. They felt unsafe and hurt, and we were unable to address that during the game in a manner that was sufficient.” It only matters if it actually happened, and so far, there is no evidence at all that it did.

Further, it is not the university’s responsibility to make anyone feel “safe” from hearing bad words or suffering hurt feelings. This kind of coddling is just ridiculous, and it always goes only one way. Where are the universities standing up for their conservative students who are routinely called fascists, Nazis, cultists, and a whole host of other unwarranted names? Oh, right, busy banning their organizations from student life and refusing to permit their chosen speakers on campus.

If it turns out that this is yet another case of #FakeHate, then Richardson is the one who needs to be disciplined, not some random fan BYU descended upon to make their bad press go away.


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taurus the judge | September 1, 2022 at 11:07 am

Who gets Nifonged this time?

I have the feeling this too is a hoax and another innocent person has been accused of something that never happened.

Are they banging pots yet?

    Massinsanity in reply to taurus the judge. | September 1, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    I turned ESPN on Monday morning looking for the US Open and two AA hosts were going on and on about this alleged incident. My initial reaction was that there is no way this happened.

    Plainly stated, America is simply not a racist country currently and there is no way anyone would get away with racial slurs in a public forum today. Especially not on a college campus. They would be (rightfully) called out and hauled out within minutes of any such utterance.

    These things are almost always made up. The first person to blow the lid off of this fable was Aiden Kearny here in MA. He runs Turtle Boy Sports and has broken open so many of these fake stories in recent years. Here was his first take:

    He watched the entire match on replay and it was clear this never happened. One of the first people to make an issue of it was the player’s godmother (who wasn’t there) who happens to be a raging liberal running for a judgeship in TX.

      Just another reason to not watch pmsespn & their family of networks for the most part. I watch PTI everyday & when my University plays on TV.

      Outside of that, I could care less abt pmsespn & family of networks.

      Will ROTFLMBO when they go bankrupt & have to fire everyone
      Go woke, go broke.

    The anti white godmother who wants to be an elected official and judge should be named for life. There are more out there like her and they haven’t been caught but they will absolutely be anti white when they have a white perp in their courts. Justice is dead and black women and men like Lesa Pamplin show us this.

      diver64 in reply to CellarDoor. | September 3, 2022 at 6:22 am

      You just got on on SCOTUS. This is further proof of what is coming if the left have their way. How would you (generic) like to sit in that woman’s courtroom as a white person vs a minority defendant in anything. I know I wouldn’t considering the proof of what a racist she is.

Panhandle Frank | September 1, 2022 at 11:12 am

Just because there’s no evidence that somebody said it, doesn’t mean she didn’t hear it.

Then crazy racist voices in her head, yo …

Yet another hoax. These hoaxer idiots never seem to get the message that this crap doesn’t work.

Sounds like it’s going to play out exactly like the Congressional Black Congress walking through the Tea Party crowd on their way to vote on Obamacare. Claimed racial slurs were shouted at them and they were spit on. Andrew Breitbart pieced together the whole event with video and there was no evidence of any of it occurring. However, the legacy media didn’t care. They had their narrative and they were sticking to it.

Char Char Binks | September 1, 2022 at 11:43 am

Avoid the 6r0¥|}!

Jason Whitlock has been on this story the last two days, he had two from the Cougar Chronicle on his show yesterday. The deeper you dig the story becomes even less believable.

A new mantra for progressives to latch on to, until the next, which will be as fake as a $3 bill.

Of coure village idiot Shaun King was a chief promoter of the hoax.

Duke University also miserably failed this student athlete : Episode 661 of The Breakdown with Shaun King

Her bigot godmother locked her Twitter account after 15-20 of her tweets were released in which she was constantly complaining about “wypipo”.

Antifundamentalist | September 1, 2022 at 12:09 pm

Sounds like administrators targeted a disabled person who they thought unlikely to fight the accusations. Despicable.

Of course the media jumped on it. Why not, Duke sports, racism, victim, innocent scapegoat. Tailor made. Like Duke Lacross never happened.

There needs to be a penalty for hoaxes and false accusations. Otherwise they’re never going to end.

    Milwaukee in reply to UnCivilServant. | September 2, 2022 at 1:08 am

    The appropriate consequence is that consequence which would have been applied to your perpetrator, if your story had been true.
    For example, is the penalty for rape is 20 years to life, and a person makes that accusation, and the accusation is demonstrably false, the accuser gets 20 years to life.

      My pronoun is Attack Helicopter in reply to Milwaukee. | September 2, 2022 at 10:41 am

      You are exactly right!! If your false accuser can get you fired, imprisoned, removed from school, ext. then they must be punished in the same way.

      Remember ‘Mattress Girl’ who accused some poor guy of rape? Even after she was proven to be a liar the media and school still held her up as a ‘survivor’!!

      This too is a load of garbage but the accuser will get her 15 min.

“I’m disgusted that this behavior is happening and deeply saddened if others didn’t step up to stop it,” Gov. Spencer Cox wrote on Twitter. “As a society we have to do more to create an atmosphere where racist a**holes like this never feel comfortable attacking others.”

I agree with the Governor, given the (lack of) evidence, she should never play college volleyball again.

If you are a white volleyball player at Duke you should leave. No fuss just pack up and attend a different school. If Richardson is “triggered” by anything you do and complains you will be escorted off campus and suspended pending investigation. In other words you are done. No more NCAA sports, no Olympics, no pro volleyball, no TV commentary, no influencer, nada.

The Gentle Grizzly | September 1, 2022 at 1:09 pm

This will stick like the “okay” finger circle is racist, and “picnic” deriving from “pick a nig “, named after Thor events where white folks packed picnic lunches and picked out a (Negro) to lynch.

Just another example where everyone wants to be a pearl clutching victim of racism — but in a world where there are a miniscule few racists you have no choice but to invent them.

Back… black hole… whore h/t NAACP

Also, the imaginary loogie; the noose that wasn’t; fields, boyfriends, and bad drugs; etc.

The diverse faces of alleged diversity [dogma] (and phobias) that spoke truth through projection and obfuscation.

Liberal Playbook: Categorize all individuals and those categories are stagnant. If at any time you have been a victim then you are always a victim.

Sounds like a mediocre volleyball player trying to find another avenue to pay her student loans!

A couple of comments: First, there is a discrepancy in the reporting on whether or not the person accused by Duke of shouting the slurs was in the student section or not. Some accounts say he was and others say he was not. My point is when we cannot get such a basic fact right, it’s really hard to believe that we can ever know what happened.

Second, it is unfair to say that BYU chose to randomly punish this person simply to appease the mob. He wasn’t banned for shouting racial slurs. He was banned because, after the game, he approached Richardson and tried to engage with her. (He claims that he thought he had previously met her and considered her a friend. She claims that they’ve never met.) When members of the Duke team asked him to leave them alone, he persisted. It was this ‘pestering’ of members of the Duke team that got him banned — and probably would have gotten him banned had he persisted in approaching a white player from a different team on a different night.

    BillBer in reply to DKWalser. | September 1, 2022 at 3:03 pm

    May I ask where you came across this account? I’ve followed this, or tried, but haven’t seen those specifics about the young man’s actions.

      DKWalser in reply to BillBer. | September 1, 2022 at 5:07 pm

      Bill — It was reported on a podcast that covers BYU sports. The reporter is not affiliated with BYU, although he graduated from the university. But, in his day job, he works for KSL radio and has good contacts within BYU’s athletics administration. HTH.

    Sounds like someone @ BYU should have taken into account his condition before banning him for life. BYU should be held accountable for their knee jerk reaction, also.

    diver64 in reply to DKWalser. | September 3, 2022 at 6:20 am

    The only discrepancy in the reporting that I can find is that the people saying it happened have no proof and the ones who say it didn’t have the video proof.
    It was widely reported about the person being banned and tied to the “racist” comments. Did you miss that hysteria or are you rewriting history? He claimed he thought she was his friend, ever deal with a mentally handicapped person? Ever try to dissuade one from thinking you are their friend after they run up to you? Do you just hate mentally challenged people like, apparently, that Duke player?

American Human | September 1, 2022 at 2:58 pm

BYU is my alma mater. Also, Duke is upset because they got their butts handed to them 3 – 1.

    I don’t think BYU would put it that way. Duke was up on BYU 11-0 in the 3rd set and had a lead in the 4th. Is BYU the better team? Yes, but BYU’s offense was not in sync throughout the night. BYU’s outside hitters got very few kills and they had to rely on their middle blockers to pick up the slack. Part of the problem with BYU’s offense was that Duke played well on defense. However, it was mostly that BYU has not yet gelled on offense.

    In contrast, Duke served very well — particularly at the start of the 3rd and 4th sets. BYU didn’t do a great job receiving and passing the ball. Even when they did, their outside hitters had difficulty putting the ball away with authority.

      American Human in reply to DKWalser. | September 2, 2022 at 1:53 pm

      Mr. DK, Thanks for the update on the match. I didn’t watch it (mostly cause it isn’t broadcast in MD) but I’m not a big volleyball fan anyway. However, when all is said and done, Duke did lose 3 – 1.

      diver64 in reply to DKWalser. | September 3, 2022 at 6:14 am

      Ok, so we now know the other person who was watching a college female volleyball game.

    Milwaukee in reply to American Human. | September 2, 2022 at 1:14 am

    Then write to your school president. Count up the hours spent on this investigation and send Duke a bill. If they protest it was an “honest” mistake, agree to take half. If Duke is on the BYU schedule in the future, forfeit all further matches, regardless of sport. Why would you expose your players and fans to this crap?

    Or die craven cowards. Men with hollow chests.

    Milwaukee in reply to American Human. | September 2, 2022 at 1:16 am

    Duke is upset because they are entitled, pretty, pretty princesses, and think the world is theirs for the taking.

      diver64 in reply to Milwaukee. | September 3, 2022 at 6:16 am

      Those female players should be grateful for the full ride scholarship to an elite institution for playing a game no one cares about and getting an education they would never have been able to qualify for on their own.

I’m sure if the FBI looks real hard they can find a garage pull or something.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Ironclaw. | September 1, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    Thank you for that; I needed a good chuckle.

    That was a joke of an investigation while they can’t seem to find more ‘important’ investigations to look into. I’ll stop there before I trigger someone or be placed on a list.

When does Duke ban rap music in all locker rooms and on campus, there are plenty of n bombs woven into those lyrics

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to buck61. | September 1, 2022 at 5:47 pm

    But, but… that’s a cultural thing a honkey mo-f0 like you wouldn’t understand.

    /must I?

    Milwaukee in reply to buck61. | September 2, 2022 at 1:58 am

    dude, that word is only offensive when spoken by the wrong people. same for the misogynic lyrics.

    It’s a big club, and you ain’t in it.

      True words. I worked in a Major D1 Athletic Department & several words/phrases thrown abt by AA players was amazing w/out fear of repercussions. Had I said even a tiny portion, I would have been out of a job & banned from employment in town before nightfall.

      MajorWood in reply to Milwaukee. | September 3, 2022 at 1:18 pm

      I am perfectly OK with that. This Dook player must had also graduated from the Megan Rappin-Ho school of diplomacy. I have to say that my local subway is started to approach a perfect vacuum. They are down to one person behind the counter, which seems to be adequate stafiing to serve zero customers. I feel sorry for the franchisee, but when you buy the ticket, you take the ride. I guess they forgot about Jared a bit too soon and how that worked out for them.

At least he didn’t call her the names Imus used on Rutgers ladies “Nappyhead Ho”. Imus got in trouble over that.

Only a true psychotic racist, tries to create racism where none exists. This woman needs serious help before she assaults or kills someone in her quest to be called the “N” word by a white person.

Y’all need to quit calling them media and start calling them stenographers of the democrat party.
Might as well be accurate.

This will be complete when the 100% liars at the FBI say it really did happen.

Like assuming the FBI is lying, you can assume any accusation of racism is false.

And you’ll be correct 100% of the time.

My pronoun is Attack Helicopter | September 2, 2022 at 10:52 am

These little social justice warriors boil over at the notion that other people don’t know how racist everything is, so they commit to fighting.

They leave their dorms, unshowered and angry, to hunt for the injustices, both micro- and macroaggressions, to “take down.”

But they don’t find them. 

They search their drum circles, they talk to like-minded people with similarly pierced privates in the social justice warrior army who are just as perplexed over the difficulty of finding droves of white men beating minorities on the streets or forcing women to carry babies to term and can’t stand it anymore.

They know it is out there, they know that’s how the country is, but they can’t find it.

So they make it up.

– Unknown

From talking to a friend up in Fort Worth, he says most people in Tarrant County are convinced Lesa Pamplin’s agitation is only for free publicity and attention for the upcoming election where she is running for a judgeship. Don’t live in that county, but I would make sure to vote against her just for putting herself into this mess because she was too cheap to spend campaign money on advertising.

With so many hoaxes I’ve adopted a 1 week rule. When something is alleged like this I wait one week for everything to come out like whether or not it actually happened before commenting in case new evidence like what is in this story. Obvious hoax, woke admin prostrates themselves, media having learned nothing from Sandman hop on board and here we go again. The demand outstripping the supply once more.

Someone should have stopped just a second and thought “isn’t every college athletic event recorded”?

    MajorWood in reply to diver64. | September 3, 2022 at 1:25 pm

    This is the new trend with bodycam videos. The department wait a week for the family members to accuse the po po of everything that happened to their “good boy who stopped in at the 7-11 at 2AM to buy a soda on his way to church,” and then they release the bodycam footage, which sends a message that all future lawsuits from the family and the fleet of ambulance chasers will be met with defamation lawsuits from the city. Just so ironic that the race-baiters were the ones to kill the golden goose by insisting on body “truthiness” cams.

Looks like this one might be from the Jussie Smollett playbook.

you mean another ” ‘ho-axe?”

This hoax was designed for a purpose. To isolate those “evil white Mormon racists” at BYU. It has long been the most hated school by the leftists who run the NCAA, its sports programs, and the universities in it.

Now other schools are boycotting BYU. Unless BYU gives up on Mormonism, they will be driven into the athletic wilderness. THAT’S what this is about.

Was Jussie in the stands?

Suburban Farm Guy | September 5, 2022 at 3:46 pm

“We understand that the Duke players’ experience is what matters here. They felt unsafe and hurt, and we were unable to address that during the game in a manner that was sufficient. For that, we truly do apologize”

Sounds like a forced confession in a Chinese communist prisoner-of-war camp. Hint: you’re not making things better by knuckling under to these snot-nosed crybaby idiot racists.