Racist behavior continues to run rampant at live sporting events.
A TikTok video of a Wisconsin Badgers fan directing the slant-eye gesture at a group of Northwestern students has gone viral, with many commenters calling out the spectator for his “embarrassing” display of racism.
The incident occurred on Tuesday night at Welsh-Ryan Fieldhouse, where the Badgers won against the Northwestern Wildcats, 82-76.
“Oh, he’s still doing it!” the person behind the camera is heard saying as the fan walks out of the event.
See the viral tiktok below:
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Northwestern student Kirsten Lee shared a TikTok video from her point of view of the incident.
“Was excited to go to my first NU basketball game!” she wrote. “And then this man started being racist to me and the group of Asian guys sitting behind me.”
@leejiwonnie never thought I’d get to put ‘got a racist kicked out of a basketball game’ on the list of things I’ve done at NU but here we are #greenscreenvideo ♬ ZOO – TAEYONG & JENO & HENDERY & YANGYANG & GISELLE
The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s athletics department told NextShark in a statement: “We are deeply disturbed by this behavior and find it abhorrent & disgusting,
We are deeply disturbed by this behavior and find it abhorrent & disgusting
This is no representation of what it means to be a Badger. We denounce any acts of racism or discrimination. We applaud Northwestern for removing this individual. His actions have no place at our events.
— Wisconsin Badgers (@UWBadgers) January 19, 2022
Northwestern University Athletics spokesperson commended university police and event management staff for how they handled the incident.
“Northwestern explicitly prohibits any and all forms of discrimination and harassment of students, coaches, staff, officials, or guests,” the spokesperson said. “The actions by an individual at Tuesday’s men’s basketball game towards the Northwestern student section were unacceptable and a violation of University values and our fan code of conduct. We appreciate the individuals who spoke up and brought this behavior to our attention so event staff could take the appropriate action to remove him from the venue and ban him from attending any future Northwestern Athletics events. Our Athletics department has been in contact with University of Wisconsin officials as they investigate the issue further.”
Fans need to check themselves.