USC apologizes for fans' 'offensive' anti-Mormon chant during football game against BYU

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LOS ANGELES (KNX) — Officials with the University of Southern California have issued a public apology on behalf of fans who reportedly shouted an “offensive” and “distasteful” anti-Mormon chant during Saturday night’s football game against Brigham Young University.

BYU is a Utah university founded by Mormon leader Brigham Young and sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

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Multiple people reported hearing USC fans loudly chanting “F*** the Mormons” repeatedly during the game at L.A. Memorial Coliseum. USC officials issued their apology on Sunday.

“The offensive chant from our student section directed towards BYU during the football game last night does not align without Trojan values,” a school spokesperson said in a statement. “It was distasteful and we apologize to the BYU program.”

USC’s quarterback, Jaxson Dart, is reportedly a member of the LDS church.

Despite heckling from Trojans supporters, BYU won the game 35 to 31. The loss dropped USC’s record to 4 to 7, forfeiting any chance of going to a bowl matchup later in the season.

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