Oregon State excludes fan from next two home games following accused derogatory statements

The Oregon State Beavers bench lights up with joy as the game comes to a close. The Oregon Ducks were defeated by the Oregon State Beavers 85-79 on Friday night in Corvallis. Sabrina Ionescu scored 35 points and Ruthy Hebard added 24. The Ducks will face the Beavers this Sunday at 5 p.m. at Matthew Knight Arena. Photo by Abigail Winn, Oregon News Lab

CORVALLIS, Ore. - A fan at Oregon State University will now be excluded from the next two basketball games after being accused of making derogatory statements directed at an opposing player during a women's basketball game in Corvallis.

The decisions has come after an investigation was conducted by the university's Office of Equal Opportunity and Access of fans comments made during OSU's game against the University of Southern California on February 18th.

Steve Clark, the Vice President of Oregon State's University Relations and Marketing says this incident was taken very seriously by the university.

We took very seriously reports that any of our fans had directed inappropriate and racially derogatory taunts at a USC player.
The investigation findings acknowledge the very serious concerns reported by USC players. The investigation did not discover the location of any fans using racially derogatory statements directed at USC student-athletes or the team. However, the investigation did find that during the game a fan continuously directed taunts and personally derogatory statements at one USC player.
We apologize once more to this USC player for what she heard. We also apologize to her teammates, coaches and the University of Southern California. We greatly regret this incident and our finding that a fan targeted a USC player with taunts. The behavior does not represent this university’s values for inclusivity, success and safety for all, nor does it represent OSU’s longstanding athletics history of fair play and great competition.

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