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MESQUITE (CBSDFW.COM) – Four-star college football recruit Jean Delance from North Mesquite High has “de-committed” from the University of Oklahoma after watching a racist video that went viral over the weekend.
“Very uneducated people. I wouldn’t want my son or child to go there or to anywhere like that. It was just very disturbing to me I didn’t like it,” said Delance, who spoke exclusively to CBS 11’s Steve Pickett.
The video showed University of Oklahoma students and members of the school’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter singing a racist chant, indicating that African Americans would never be allowed to join the fraternity. The University has taken swift action since the video went public, by cutting ties with the fraternity and forcing its members to move out of its house on campus by tonight.
OU President David Boren said the video was heartbreaking and issued a statement to students saying in part, “To those who have misused their free speech in such a reprehensible way, I have a message for you. You are disgraceful. You have violated all that we stand for. You should not have the privilege of calling yourselves “Sooners.” Real Sooners believe in equal opportunity. Real Sooners treat all people with respect. Real Sooners love each other and take care of each other like family members.”
However, Delance, who is a high school junior, posted a message on Twitter late Monday morning which read, “Firstly want to say thank you for giving me an opportunity to get my education and play football at OU, but I have Officially de-committed from Oklahoma University. Nothing to do with the staff or team, I’ll be reopening my recruitment due to personal reasons.”
The video was emailed to Delance. He watched it and showed it to his mother.
“I’ve had family history in racial issues, inequality, and Jean knows these things are serious to us, and the first thing I said was what do you want to do,” said Altavian Delance.
Three hours after posting his original message, Delance posted a picture and message indicating he’s headed to Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Interesting side note: Sigma Alpha Epsilon was founded on this date 159 years ago, at University of Alabama in 1856.https://twitter.com/JeanDelance74/status/575013298346700800
Delance said the busload of students in the video, who presumably he would have classes with and socialize with, truly upset him.
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