Innocent Man Banned for Life from BYU Venue After Duke University Volleyball Player Allegedly Lies About Racist Incident

Duke University volleyball player, Rachel Richardson, accused a Brigham Young University (BYU) student of calling her the n-word during a volleyball game last week. Following an investigation by the police, however, it turns out that the woman was lying. A lie that resulted in the man being banned from games for life and the removal of the student section from upcoming games.

“In our match against Brigham Young University, my fellow African American teammates and I were targeted and racially heckled throughout the entirety of the match. The slurs and comments grew into threats which caused us to feel unsafe,” the player falsely claimed in a letter following the game. “Both the officials and BYU coaching staff were made aware of the incident during the game, but failed to take the necessary steps to stop the unacceptable behavior and create a safe environment…. As a result, my teammates and I had to struggle just to get through the rest of the game.”

In response to the letter, the President of Duke University stated, “I am outraged by the racist slurs and taunts directed at members of our volleyball team at BYU this weekend. Duke is fully committed to providing a safe, inclusive environment for competition, and we will not tolerate any racism or harassment of our student-athletes, coaches, staff, or fans.”

The “incident” was pushed by many members of Rachel’s family. The claims initially came from the player’s godmother, Lesa Pamplin, who stated that a racial slur was heard throughout the game every time Rachel served. Rachel’s father also did an interview with CNN where he smeared the BYU crowd, according to the Washington Examiner.


“I have 4 daughters that play the game, 3 at the college level,” Rachel’s father said in the interview. “We’ve always had that occasional idiot in the crowd, but never an atmosphere like this where she said that she felt afraid.”

“What I’d like to see going forward is that we make every effort to make sure that those venues are safe and free of that kind of action,” he continued, adding, “when it interjects itself that it is removed immediately.”

While I am sure that the player’s father wasn’t aware that his daughter was lying, perhaps he should focus more on his daughter, who maligned an innocent man, than blaming an entire crowd of 5,500 people for creating a supposedly racist “atmosphere.”

The investigation into the “incident” came up with nothing, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. “There was nothing seen on the game film that led me to believe,” BYU police stated, adding that the man, “was the person who was making comments to the player who complained about being called the N-word.”

Despite this, the innocent man can no longer attend games and as of now, Rachel has not faced punishment for her lies. Once again racial hoaxes, like that crafted by Jussie Smollett in 2019, are being promoted by those who claim to be victimized by them. The left’s search for oppression and victimhood is hurting others in the process and deteriorating the integrity of those who actually suffer from such attacks.

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