Bob Stoops joins demonstration after racist frat video surfaces
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops attended a demonstration on Monday along with hundreds of students, including several athletes, protesting a racist video purportedly made by Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members.
The video appears to show alleged SAE members singing a racist chant and using a racial slur.
Oklahoma president David Boren banned the fraternity from campus and ordered members of their house out by Tuesday.
"You are disgraceful. … Real Sooners are not bigots, real Sooners are not racist," Boren said in a statement, according to the Tulsa World.
Along with Bob Stoops, Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops and head basketball coach Lon Kruger also attended the demonstrations on the North and South Oval of the Norman, Okla., campus.
"It's sad the ignorance that can still be there with some people. It’s just appalling," Bob Stoops said. "I was here to be with my guys. We all work with beautiful young men and women of all races. It’s just, you know, very little gets me choked up. But that hurt."
"It’s something that should concern everyone," Kruger said. "It’s not about athletics. It’s not about anything other than everyone being affected by this."
Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker posted a profane rant online in response to the video, calling members of the fraternity "phony" and saying that those members were the same ones "giving us hugs, telling us how you really love us."
Sooners defensive end Charles Tapper later addressed Striker's video.
Please don't judge my brother Eric Striker by that emotional snapchat. He truly meant no harm by it!— Charles Tapper (@Takeflightchuck) March 9, 2015
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