Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops and several Sooners players attended a protest Monday following the release of an online video depicting members of a university fraternity making racist chants.
The viral video, which surfaced Sunday, shows members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity chanting a racial slur and indicating blacks would never be admitted to the fraternity. The chant also references lynching.
Stoops and multiple players were photographed attending the on-campus protest Monday morning. The longtime coach told the Tulsa World that he considers the video “appalling.”
“It’s sad the ignorance that can still be there with some people,” Stoops told the Tulsa World. “It’s just appalling.
“I was here to be with my guys. We all work with beautiful young men and women of all races. It’s just — very little gets me choked up. But that hurt.”
Assistant football coach Mike Stoops, Oklahoma men’s basketball coach Lon Kruger and approximately 100 athletes were at the demonstration, according to the Tulsa World.
“[The video] is something that should concern everyone,” Kruger told the newspaper. “It’s not about athletics. It’s not about anything other than everyone being affected by this.”
Sigma Alpha Epsilon has said that an investigation confirmed the contents of the video and announced it was closing the local chapter. University of Oklahoma president David Boren released a statement saying that members had until midnight Tuesday to remove their personal belongings from the fraternity house.
“These people have acted in a way that’s absolutely reprehensible and disgraceful,” Boren said. “Real Sooners are not bigots, racists.”
The national fraternity released a statement Sunday night saying it was “embarrassed” by the “unacceptable and racist” behavior.
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