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A white University of Georgia student is under investigation after being accused of shouting a racial slur at Saturday’s Georgia–Tennessee game.
Student Klarissa Gulebian posted in a popular Facebook forum that someone yelled “put that [n-word] in the game,” apparently referring to quarterback Justin Fields, a highly rated freshman who is black and whom some fans prefer over starter Jake Fromm.
The person was later identified as baseball player Adam Sasser. He is under investigation by the UGA Equal Opportunity Office for violating the university’s non-discrimination and non-harassment policy, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. (UPDATE: Sasser was dismissed from the baseball team late Wednesday.)
The AJC reported that head coach Kirby Smart read a prepared statement when asked about the incident at a news conference:
“If what I read and heard is true, it’s really unacceptable behavior that’s not who we are at Georgia,” Smart said. “We’re trying to build a program on tolerance and mutual respect. You can’t control what other people say, but the expectation is that people that are part of our program and come to our games share the same beliefs that we do. It’s sad that something like this would happen. I’m disappointed. But it doesn’t affect our family, our unit here and our kids have been great. It’s not something I’ve had to address with them. I’ve addressed it with Justin. That’s the most important thing.”
Jasmine Monroe used the incident as the jumping-off point for an essay on the website Elite UGA about what it’s like to attend UGA as a black student:
Being black on campus is already [taxing]. Often black people are questioned about their presence on campus. We receive surprised or shocked expressions when affirming that we are students that attend. We are assumed to have been awarded some sort of hand out for diversity points as to how we “managed” to become students here instead of being applauded for working as hard or harder than others to claim our rightful spots here.
We are subjected to awkward conversations in lectures on race, ignorant statements thrown at us or about us, and confused glances in our direction as if intruding on campus space. We don’t get to ignore feeling like outsiders sometimes. This feeling is only amplified by gameday, when our campus is open to a multitude of people that share this sentiment tenfold.
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