Oregon issues an apology for "offensive and disgraceful" chant during BYU football game
Eugene, Oregon - The University of Oregon issued an apology to Brigham Young University (BYU) after a viral video of an explicit anti-Mormon chant during their football game on Saturday buzzed its way around social media.
In the viral video, Oregon fans of the student action were recorded chanting "F*** the Mormons."
Utah governor Spencer Cox condemned the chant in a quote-tweet of the video, saying: "Religious bigotry alive and celebrated in Oregon."
Sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, BYU is private university in Utah and most of its students are Mormons.
"The University of Oregon sincerely apologizes for an offensive and disgraceful chant coming from the student section during yesterday's game against Brigham Young University," the university said in a statement.
"These types of actions go against everything the university stands for, and it goes against the spirit of competition. We can and will do better as a campus community that has no place for hate, bias or bigotry," the statement added.
Oregon governor Kate Brown retweeted the University's statement also condemning the fans actions, adding the chant was "unacceptable."
"In Oregon, we strive to be a welcoming, inclusive state to all, regardless of race, religion, gender, or background," she tweeted. "Our state and nation have an ugly history of discrimination and bigotry. The chant at yesterday's Oregon-BYU game was unacceptable. We must do better."
After defeating BYU for the huge 41-20 win, Oregon will travel to Washington State on Saturday at 4 PM EST.
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