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Ducks fans recorded chanting anti-Mormon taunts at BYU match-up

Autzen Stadium during Ducks Game.
Matthew LeJune
Autzen Stadium during Ducks Game.

Profane anti-Mormon chants recorded at Saturday’s Ducks game against Brigham Young University have been roundly condemned by the University of Oregon, a UO student group, and Utah’s Governor.

Video posted on social media from Autzen Stadium shows UO students chanting “F___ the Mormons” repeatedly.

In a tweet from the official University of Oregon account, the school said it “sincerely apologizes” for the “offensive and disgraceful chant.”

Another Tweet from the UO student-run account, the “Oregon Pit Crew”, says they do not condone or support any hateful speech directed towards one’s religion and are ashamed of those who participated.”

Utah Governor Spencer Cox retweeted the video, with the caption, “religious bigotry alive and celebrated in Oregon.” This drew rebukes from other users, claiming racist slurs have been used against visiting players at BYU, including at a recent volleyball match with Duke University (BYU has stated it found no evidence of racist heckling at the match.)

There was some camaraderie at Saturday’s game, however. The BYU football team honored late Ducks tight-end Spencer Webb by emerging onto the field with an Oregon flag with his name and number.

Webb died in July after falling at the Triangle Lake rock slides west of Eugene.

The Ducks beat the Cougars, 41-20

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.