When the season is over, and maybe for years to come, people will remember how the Auburn Tigers erased a 17-point deficit in the second half to take down the Tennessee Volunteers. Those kind of comebacks are rare in college basketball, and Auburn Arena was electric. However, one student took it way too far.
A man in The Jungle — Auburn’s student section — was in the mood to heckle Tennessee freshman guard Santiago Vescovi. Unfortunately, he did it in a very disgusting way, and it could be heard on the CBS broadcast.
“Go back to Uruguay; this is America,” the student shouted.
School officials then took action.
Auburn Student Banned for Xenophobic Remark
Not only was the Auburn fan ejected from Auburn Arena in Alabama, but he was also banned. He’s not welcome back at all and he could face further discipline by the office of student affairs at Auburn University, according to AL.com.
Shouting at an opposing player at a basketball game, or any sporting event, is nothing new. It happens all of the time. But that kind of racist remark toward an NCAA point guard is very uncalled for.
“I was informed, and I appreciate the way Auburn handled it. That’s not who we are at all. This is an amazing campus with incredible students. We are diverse and welcoming. I have nothing but respect for Santiago’s game. That one person does not speak for the whole Auburn family.”
— Auburn Coach Bruce Pearl
Tennessee coach Rick Barnes definitely had more to deal with than just the lost and that’s unfortunate. This was totally uncalled for and good for Auburn officials for banning the student from the arena moving forward.
Let’s hope this is only an isolated incident and doesn’t happen anywhere else.