The Saint Louis University baseball program was under some hot water after light was shed on a racist conversation between members of the team, including one member calling President Barack Obama a “watermelon eatin baboon.”
The conversation took place during a team trip to Washington D.C.
During the conversation, there were a handful of racist remarks made. However, university administrators have determined there will be no punishment for the players involved because it was a private conversation.
“If I were to directly state to you, ‘You suck because of all of your social identities that God gave you.’ That would be wrong. That would require some adjudication,” said Dr. Mona Hicks, SLU’s Dean of Students. “We also need to respect laws. This was a private conversation, or at least the perception of private between in-group parties.”
Rather than facing punishment, the team agreed to facilitate dialogue on racial issues. The players also offered an apology.
“The leaders and captains of the team would like to extend an apology to anyone offended by the bias messages. We, too, are frustrated and feel that the comments do not accurately reflect the values that we hold,” Hicks added.
It is an unfortunate lesson all around, but let’s hope the players involved learned their lesson.
The conversation can be seen below, via Deadspin:
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