Trash talking in sports happens all the time – and it won’t ever go away. But fans often take things too far.
During the Tennessee-Auburn hoops game on Saturday afternoon, a classless Auburn fan appeared to yell racist remarks at Volunteers guard Santiago Vescovi. Vescovi, a 6-foot-3 freshman guard averaging 11.4 points per game for Tennessee this season, is a Uruguay native.
The fan can be heard yelling, “Go back to Uruguay, this is America,” at Vescovi during Saturday’s contest. The racist remarks were picked up on audio during the CBS broadcast. Unfortunately, it’s unclear which fan was the one to yell such awful comments.
Of course, this one individual is not a representation of the Auburn fan base – as some have foolishly alluded to. Every fan base has individuals like this, despite efforts to lessen racist remarks during sports games over the years. The remarks toward Vescovi can be heard in the videos below:
Wow. Listen closely. Auburn fan taunting Vescovi.
— Trey Wallace (@TreyWallace_) February 22, 2020
Last year, after a huge SEC tourney win vs Kentucky, Tennessee star Grant Williams and his teammates when out of their way on national TV to send prayers to tornado victims in the Auburn area.
In UT’s first trip to Auburn since: “Go back to Uruguay! This is America!”
Classy 🤦🏼♂️ pic.twitter.com/1N9fi6wDFF
— Brett Edgerton (@EditorEdge) February 22, 2020
Absolutely disgusting. There’s nothing worse than situations like these. It’s unfortunate that we don’t know who yelled the racist remarks – if we did, a possible lifetime ban from Auburn contests could be issued to the classless fan.
As for the game itself, Tennessee leads Auburn 54-39 midway through the second half.
Update: A brief investigation has led to the discovery of the identity of the Auburn fan who yelled the racists remarks at Vescovi.
The culprit – an Auburn student – has been disciplined. Full details on the resulting disciplinary action can be found here.