NORMAN, Okla. – The fallout from the leaked video from the University of Oklahoma’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter reaches far beyond the walls of the SAE house.
Whether it be the future ‘could’ve been’ Sooner stars, hip hop moguls, or even lawmakers in the nation’s Capitol, it seems everyone wanted to give their two cents on SAE’s racist video.
“As far as I’m concerned, it won’t be back,” he said. “At least not while I’m president of the university.”
But President Boren’s was far from the only voice heard today.
Statements have been pouring into the newsroom since late Sunday night.
The NAACP, ACLU, Oklahoma Black Caucus, U.S. Senator James Lankford, and Governor Mary Fallin all released statements saying they are outraged by the former chapter.
“The hateful video of some fraternity students that surfaced over the weekend is disgusting and does not reflect the values of the state of Oklahoma. This is not who we are. We are a state that embraces cultural and ethnic diversity at every level. We must clearly speak out against this type of bigotry. Our state has made significant strides since the Tulsa race riots and the days when Clara Luper led our state out of ignorance; we must continue that progress.” – Senator James Lankford
“The racist words chanted by the students in this video do not represent OU values or Oklahoma values. As the outrage among Oklahomans has demonstrated, we are a state that does not tolerate that kind of disrespectful behavior. I appreciate President Boren as well as OU’s faculty, staff and students for quickly condemning these hurtful words and demonstrating the true nature of our Oklahoma community, which is diverse, compassionate and respectful.” – Gov. Mary Fallin
The fallout has also reached music mogul Waka Flocka Flame.
“I must say I’m disgusted and disappointed in the actions of the SAE fraternity at University of Oklahoma and I will be canceling my scheduled performance for them next month,” Flocka said in an Instagram photo. “Racism is something I will not tolerate.”
The singer was scheduled by SAE for a repeat performance in April, but he cancelled today via Instagram.
The controversial video is also starting to affect future football recruits.
Jean Delance, who was committed to play football for the University of Oklahoma, announced on Twitter that he had de-committed from the Sooner’s program.
The four-star college football recruit confirmed with CBSDFW that his decision to de-commit came after watching SAE’s racist video.
In addition to shutting down the fraternity, Boren says OU is launching an investigation into the students involved.
Based on what that investigation finds, Boren said it is possible those students could be expelled for violating the student code of conduct.