OU students have mixed reaction to a Sooners men's basketball player using a racial slur on national television following Sunday's NCAA second-round tournament victory over Dayton.
As the players were celebrating their berth in the tournament's Sweet 16, a television camera picked up the sound of an unidentified Sooner yelling "C'mon ******!"
Two weeks ago, OU President David Boren closed the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity after a viral video surfaced of members using the same racial slur in a song.
Two SAE members were expelled from the university as a result.
"They're two completely different words and two completely different contexts when you use the words," one OU student said.
Another student said, "I'd prefer no one use it, but I think it's up to our generation to actually decide how to use it in the future."
One student said he could understand why some would think it's a double standard on the appropriateness of the word's use.
"I think equality starts with vocabulary," he said.
"If people find that to be a very hateful word, stop using it," another student said.
Boren's office said he did not have a comment regarding this incident.
OU Professor Emeritus of Human Relations, Dr. George Henderson, said although he does not condone a racial slur being used by anyone, the intent of its use must also be considered.
"They have a right to use the words. It's a matter of personal preference and if you take the words out of context, they have totally different meanings," he said. "Words matter and all of us ought to choose our words carefully."
Despite having no comment on the basketball player's use of the racially charged word, Boren has called a mandatory meeting for all fraternity members on Wednesday.