If there’s a way to make a positive out of an awful situation, University of Oklahoma athletics is doing the work.
The Oklahoma campus was rocked Sunday evening and Monday when a video of fraternity members chanting racial slurs surfaced. The university severed all ties and affiliations with the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter and closed the fraternity house on campus.
Football and basketball players, joined by coaches Bob Stoops and Lon Kruger, demonstrated outside of the athletic facility this morning
“It’s something that should concern everyone,” Kruger told Guerin Emig of the Tulsa World. “It’s not just athletics.”
While the condemnation of such nakedly racist behavior should be expected rather than applauded, let’s give credit to the Sooners for this peaceful show of solidarity. Emotions easily could have spilled over — and to a degree they did in this profane Snapchat from linebacker Eric Striker.
Striker eventually apologized for the outburst via teammate Charles Tapper.
Striker joined his teammates for a silent march from the practice facility on campus. Oklahoma athletics posted a video of the protest today on its official web site.
The repercussions of this incident are unclear, but at least one recruit announced he would de-commit from Oklahoma. Mesquite (Texas) North Mesquite offensive tackle Jean Delance announced he’d re-open his recruitment.