AUTHOR: VERA JANUARY 3, 2015 3:44 PM
On Thursday, the University of Oregon football players celebrated a win against Florida state in the College Football Playoff semifinal. After the game, a few players took a break from rejoicing to make an important protest against sexual assault.
In this short clip uploaded to YouTube by the Associate Press, the Oregon players were recorded chanting “no means no,” replacing the words from a Florida State chant. These players were directing the chant at Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, who was accused of sexually assaulting a female student in 2012 and was never fully investigated or charged.
Winston’s alleged sexual assault has been a neverending controversy, as he was never officially charged and was allowed to continue on and win the Heisman Trophy. Just last month, Florida State cleared Winston of violating its student code of conduct, despite that fact that the university had not investigated the victim’s allegations thoroughly. According to the New York Times, “there was virtually no investigation at all.”
Unfortunately, the Oregon players who chanted “no means no” are going to be disciplined for what Oregon coach Mark Helfrich is calling “inappropriate behavior.” Helfrich said:
“We are aware of the inappropriate behavior in the postgame. This is not what our program stands for, and the student-athletes will be disciplined internally.”
For a sport that has been known to sweep violence against women under the rug, it’s a true shame that these players will be punished for bringing attention to sexual assault and its victims.
Feature image courtesy of that Associated Press (Screengrab).