After further investigation, Penn State’s diversion department recovered "no evident group slurs" utilized by Nittany Lions fans during nan men’s hoops crippled connected Sunday nighttime contempt accusations, nan assemblage told Fox News Digital successful a statement.
"A deeper look into nan matter coming included conversations pinch Rutgers diversion head and staff, reports from University constabulary officers astatine nan event, and different crippled staff. Information was inaccurately conveyed to nan Legion of Blue student group, which supports Penn State men’s basketball, and has not been recovered to beryllium true."
The assemblage admitted that "vulgar language" was directed astatine Rutgers players, which it announced.
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Rutgers' Antwone Woolfolk (13) defends against Penn State's Camren Wynter (11) during nan first half of an NCAA assemblage hoops game, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023, successful State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Gary M. Baranec)
"We are disappointed arsenic it does not correspond Penn State values, due instrumentality conduct, aliases nan Happy Valley Hospitality for which we are known," nan connection read. "Fan behaviour is important to nan acquisition of each teams and visitors to Penn State and our extremity is to create an situation that is competitive, but welcoming.
The diversion section issued a informing to its student-fan organization, nan Legion of Blue, aft a connection from nan group’s vice president revealed that nan assemblage had received a informing from constabulary complete "alleged explicit, racist, and vulgar language" that was directed towards Rutgers.
Rutgers rallied from a 19-point shortage successful nan 2nd half to conclusion Penn State, 59-56, Sunday night, marking nan Scarlet Knights biggest comeback successful astir 30 years.
While nan Nittany Lions were unsurprisingly stunned by nan upset, a connection obtained by Noah Riffe, a photograph editor pinch Gannett, revealed that immoderate members of nan Legion of Blue allegedly utilized racist and definitive connection directed astatine nan opposing team.
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"Obviously, not nan consequence we wanted connected nan court," nan connection from nan group’s vice president Noah Odige read. "Loved nan power from nan crowd. There are immoderate issues however, that request to beryllium addressed."
"Firstly, location are lines we do not transverse arsenic fans, this includes being physical, hostile, aliases successful immoderate measurement disrespectful to opposing fans, players, coaches etc," Odige continued, explaining that location were reports that a instrumentality had thrown a ample poster astatine 1 of nan opposing team’s players aliases coaches.
Penn State Nittany Lions caput coach Micah Shrewsberry gestures from nan chair during nan 2nd half against nan Rutgers Scarlet Knights astatine Bryce Jordan Center. Rutgers defeated Penn State 59-56. (Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports)
"Furthermore, nan constabulary person issued a informing to athletics owed to nan alleged explicit, racist, and vulgar connection directed to members of nan Rutgers hoops team."
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Odige did not item explicitly what was alleged to person been said, but did rumor a stern informing to nan instrumentality group.
"Things specified arsenic f-bombs, n-words, and different slurs being thrown astir are downright unacceptable, and nan privilege of sitting down nan benches will beryllium revoked if this behaviour continues."
Penn State’s athletics section told Fox News Digital successful a erstwhile connection connected Monday that it was alert of nan "reported interactions."
"We person been successful connection pinch nan leaders of nan Legion of Blue student group, and we do not condone nan inappropriate actions of immoderate individuals connected Sunday night," nan connection read.
Penn State's Jalen Pickett (22) pulls up to people against Rutgers during nan first half of an NCAA assemblage hoops game, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023, successful State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Gary M. Baranec)
"The Legion of Blue has been tremendous supporters of Penn State Basketball for galore years and person historically represented themselves successful a affirmative mode while cheering connected nan Nittany Lions. These reported actions are retired of characteristic for nan group and its activity is alert of behavioral expectations for each fans."
The assemblage warned that "noncompliance whitethorn warrant ejection from nan venue, arsenic good arsenic nan anticipation of revocation of tickets and, successful immoderate cases, reference to nan authorities."
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"Fan behaviour is important to nan acquisition of each teams and visitors to Penn State and our extremity is to create an situation that is competitive, but welcoming."
A spokesperson for Rutgers men’s hoops declined to remark connected nan matter but added, "we are looking guardant to our crippled connected Thursday against Minnesota."