University of Oklahoma athletes, coaches and former players all were united in their disgust and condemnation after a shocking video emerged online of members of a fraternity at the school chanting racist lyrics.
The nine-second video, posted to YouTube, shows members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon using racist language. It has led to quick and widespread response from many, including University of Oklahoma president David L. Boren, who issued a blistering statement on Monday.
The national headquarters of SAE announced it will close the school's chapter and that all members have been suspended. Boren said the fraternity will be removed from the campus, if confirmed it is the group in the video, which depicts members dressed in formalwear singing and clapping to racist lyrics.
A gathering of players was joined by Bob Stoops, the school's head football coach as well as head basketball coach Lon Kruger at a demonstration on campus on Monday, a day after the video began to circulate.
Both coaches condemned the video, per tweets by Tulsa World reporter Guerin Emig:
Former Oklahoma football players Gerald McCoy and Donald Stephenson, who play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs, respectively, also took to Twitter to express their disgust:
Can't be apart of the OU family while SAE still is.. Hope they get it fixed because I like wearing my Sooner gear.
— Donald Stephenson (@Don59Wayne) March 9, 2015
In a now-deleted tweet, Stephenson echoed his support to Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker, after Striker posted a profanity-laced SnapChat in response to the video:
"I got your back Eric Striker," Stephenson's tweet read.
As Emig pointed out, the video could already have effects on potential prospects for the school's teams: