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High School Quarterback Recruit Leaves Oregon vs. BYU Game After Hearing Offensive Chant

Oregon fans at Autzen Stadium

Last Saturday, the Oregon Ducks hosted the Cougars of BYU at Autzen Stadium. The Ducks won handily, taking down the previously No. 12 team in the nation by a score of 41-20.

Unfortunately, a disgraceful chant was sung by a group of fans sitting in the Oregon student section during the game. The chant was directed at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or "Mormons" for short. 

T.C. Manumaleuna, a high school quarterback in the state of Oregon who has an offer from the Ducks, left the Week 3 game after hearing the chant. He was attending the game with his family. 

"We were up where all of the students were sitting. We were right next to the student section," Manumaleuna told SBLive on Monday. "At first they weren't (saying) harmful chants, but they got to 'Eff the Mormons.' At that time, just hearing that... it was kind of weird for me. It kind of hurt. My dad said let's just go right after. After hearing those chants we decided to leave." 

An unfortunate situation all around. No religion should face persecution of any manner, especially at a college football game. 

With that being said, Manumaleuna says the chant does not impact his recruitment with Dan Lanning and the Oregon football team. 

"I think it was just the student section," he adds. "I have a really close relationship with coach (Dan) Lanning and coach Tosh (Lupoi)... and also J.R. Moala. I have a really close relationship with them. It was just a mishap of that trip, but Oregon is still my favorite. That's the reason I play football, because I was an Oregon fan." 

The University of Oregon, meanwhile, has addressed the situation with a brief statement. 

"The University of Oregon sincerely apologizes for an offensive and disgraceful chant coming from the student section during yesterday’s game against Brigham Young University. 1/2," the statement reads. 

"These types of actions go against everything the university stands for, and it goes against the spirit of competition. We can and will do better as a campus community that has no place for hate, bias or bigotry. 2/2"

Hopefully this is the last time BYU football players hear any sort of disgraceful chants this season.