OMAHA, Neb. – Vanderbilt athletic director Candice Storey Lee on Tuesday condemned the use of racist language against some of the parents of the Commodores players in the first game of the College World Series Finals.
“I am deeply disturbed that some of our student-athlete parents were subjected to racist slurs during last night’s game,” Storey Lee tweeted. “This is absolutely unacceptable and disgraceful behavior, and there is no place for such hateful language in our society anywhere.”
I am deeply disturbed that some of our student-athlete parents were subjected to racist slurs during last night’s game. This is absolutely unacceptable and disgraceful behavior, and such hateful language has no place in our society anywhere.
– Candice Storey Lee (and VandyAD) June 29, 2021
Vanderbilt plays Mississippi State in the best-of-three final. The Commodores won 8-2 Monday with Game 2 scheduled for Tuesday night.
Kristyna Engdahl, director of communications for the agency that operates TD Ameritrade Park, said stadium officials were aware of an interaction between fans involving the use of racist slurs.
Engdahl said the person (s) who used offensive language left the stadium after security personnel were notified. She said she did not know if the person (s) left on their own or had been evicted.
“We absolutely denounce this behavior and are saddened to learn that it took place at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha,” Engdahl wrote in an email. “Tonight we will take additional security measures to ensure that everyone can feel safe in our stadium.”
Engdahl said officials were speaking with event staff to gather additional information.
“We support the guests who have been subjected to this unacceptable and appalling language, and we sincerely apologize for their experience at our stadium,” she wrote.