A handful of members of the Virginia Tech Hokies women’s lacrosse team were caught via Snapchat using a racial slur on their bus ride home after their 14-12 win over Elon Saturday night.
In the video, the Hokie players were singing along to a Chris Brown verse from Lil Dicky’s song Freaky Friday. The verse describes Lil Dicky taking advantage of being in Brown’s body in order to use the word in question.
Today, Hokies head coach John Sung released a statement on the matter:
"Following an away match on Saturday, March 24, a member of our squad posted a video to social media of the team singing along to a song that included derogatory lyrics. Members of the Virginia Tech Athletics administration and coaches have met with the full team. We are engaged in conversations within the campus community to share our sincere apology. We have confidence that the team will learn from this mistake and understand that these actions reflect poorly on our program and do not represent the values of our program or the principles of the University."
- Statement from Virginia Tech head coach John Sung
In a separate interview with Mark Berman of the Roanoke Times, Sung said that there was no intended harm in the video and that the players were only celebrating the win:
“They had just won. They’re singing songs. The first couple songs were Disney songs. … They were celebrating and they were dancing and they were excited.
“They’re good kids that made a bad decision.”
He also met with the team as a whole when the video came to light, and the team has met with members of the athletic administration about the incident.
This is one of many incidents that has occurred in the past few months. Back in January, former Maryland Terrapin and current U.S. attacker Alex Aust posted an Instagram story that used the same racial slur the Hokie players used. This came after a couple of incidents back in December, including one that called a team mostly made up of minorities as “convicts.”
-Written by College Crosse