I’m sure this won’t be published but I have to get this off my chest. I am a UO alumni, as are about nine immediate members of my family, and I am embarrassed by the behavior of the fans during and after the OSU game.
Making fun of Roberto Nelson’s academic performance (SAT chant during free throw), saying “hungry hungry hippo” to Joe Burton — to name just two examples — are in very poor taste and have no place in sports. Not sure what kind of spoon the UO fans were born with in their mouth, but do the fans know the hardship these kids (and they are kids) overcame to get where they are?
Burton grew up on a reservation, and Nelson’s dad was incarcerated. We are friends with the Robinsons and were invited to the game. There were comments regarding Michelle Obama to Craig. Someone threw an orange at the OSU bench. Kelly Robinson actually felt unsafe walking to her car because of fans behavior. I totally understand the Civil War mentality, but this crossed the line and was bush league. I thought Oregon was above this. I guess I was wrong.
— Carey Winkler, MD