Brigham Young University said a fan has been banned for directing racial slurs at a Duke volleyball player during their match on Friday in Provo, Utah. 

BYU says the fan was not a student although they sat in the student section. The school released a statement Saturday afternoon apologizing to Duke and its student athletes.

The accusation first surfaced Saturday through a post on Twitter from Lesa Pamplin, a Fort Worth, Texas attorney, who says the Duke player — Rachel Richardson, a sophomore outside hitter from Ellicott City, Maryland — is her goddaughter and the only Black starter for the Blue Devils volleyball team.  

Pamplin said in the post that BYU fans directed slurs at Richardson every time she served. She also said that Richardson was threatened and authorities had to sit at the Duke bench for their protection.  A email sent to Pamplin seeking comment from USA TODAY Sports was not immediately returned.

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