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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Levi Pettit took a deep breath Wednesday afternoon at Fairview Baptist Church – and asked for forgiveness.
“Let me start by saying I’m sorry. Deeply sorry. I’m so sorry for all the pain that I’ve caused. I want you all to know that directly from me.”
Pettit’s life changed forever three weeks ago, when he and other SAE fraternity members at OU were caught on video singing a racist chant.
The fraternity was shut down – Pettit and Parker Rice were expelled.
“There are no excuses for my behavior. I never thought of myself as a racist. I never considered it a possibility, but the bottom line is that the words that were said in that chant were mean, hurtful, and racist.”
Pettit shared a letter he wrote to OU President David Boren.
“If there is anything at all that I can salvage from my mistake, I would hope it can include arming myself with the tools to move forward with my life – maybe even somehow help prevent this sort of thing from happening again elsewhere.”
Pettit did not reveal who taught him that chant – saying he was only here to apologize.
State Senator Anastasia Pittman, the Oklahoma Black Caucus Chair, said it was Pettit who called her last week wanting to explain the video.
“This is just the beginning,” she said. “We’re not going to leave Levi Pettit. He is committed and we’re here to give him freshness for that journey.”
Stephen Jones, attorney for local chapter of SAE, tells KFOR that an agreement with OU has been reached and that no other fraternity members will be expelled.
The university says that they are wrapping up their investigation into the matter and that President Boren will announce their findings in a press conference at noon on Friday.