Spectators banned after racist comments at South Dakota football game


Spectators who allegedly hurled racist slurs at an opposing football team during a November 13 game against the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology have been permanently banned from attending all Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference events, a announced the conference commissioner this week. “These comments were odious and in total contradiction with the values ​​and policies of RMAC and its institutions” RMAC commissioner Chris Graham said in a statement Wednesday.

In the comments made to Quick city newspaperSD Mines sports communications coordinator Josh Van Valkenburg-Gernert said they could not comment specifically on the incident as an investigation was still ongoing. None of the sports commission or school statements provided information about the individuals, whether they were students or other spectators, or how many people were involved.

“My sincere apologies go out to the members of the Colorado Mesa football team and staff who have witnessed and implicated in totally unacceptable behavior on our campus,” said SD Mines athletic director Joel Lueken in a separate press release. The school president also said that there is “zero tolerance for racism” at SD Mines.

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