STARNES: Duke Should Fire Volleyball Coaches, Expel Player and All Should Face Criminal Charges

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Hello Americans, I’m Todd Starnes. Stand by for news and commentary next.

Duke volleyball player Rachel Richardson made a scandalous accusation against Brigham Young University.

Richardson says she was heckled by fans. Says they called her racist slurs.

It became a national news story. And BYU was widely rebuked by ESPN.

The school investigated — interviewing security officers and fans – more than 50 people in all. They reviewed video and audio recordings.

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And imagine their surprise – when it turned out — Ms. Richardson’s accusations could not be corroborated.

From our extensive review, we have not found any evidence to corroborate the allegation that fans engaged in racial heckling or uttered racial slurs at the event. As we stated earlier, we would not tolerate any conduct that would make a student-athlete feel unsafe. That is the reason for our immediate response and our thorough investigation. 

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In modern vernacular, she lied. Or maybe – that was just her truth.

Much like Bubba Wallace and the noose that turned out to be a garage door handler.

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It’s not the first time someone has faked a hate crime and it won’t be the last — unless there are consequences.

So here’s my recommendation. Rachel Richardson should be removed from the volleyball team and expelled from school.

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And her coaches – who advanced the lie – should be fired.

And all of them should face criminal charges.

And somebody owes BYU an apology.

Should fake hate crimes be punished more severely?

I’m Todd Starnes.