Penn State Athletics ‘Aware’ Of Alleged Legion Of Blue Behavior During Rutgers Game

Update, 8:57 p.m.: The Legion of Blue Twitter page tweeted a statement Monday night regarding the allegations directed at members of the student section during Sunday’s men’s basketball game against Rutgers. The organization backed up Athletics’ most recent statement that said no racial slurs were used by Penn State fans but also took accountability for those who used “vulgar language.”

“While the conduct of the student section was far from appropriate, we would not tolerate racist language used by the Legion of Blue and other supporters,” the statement reads. “This is not who we are and we would not stand for this conduct.”

You can read the full statement here.

Update, 7:58 p.m.: Penn State Athletics provided an update Monday night regarding the alleged inappropriate behavior by members of the Legion of Blue during the Penn State-Rutgers men’s basketball game. A spokesperson said that after further investigation, “no apparent racial slurs were used by Penn State fans.”

“A deeper look into the matter today included conversations with Rutgers athletic director and staff, reports from University police officers at the event, and other game staff,” the statement reads. “Information was inaccurately conveyed to the Legion of Blue student group, which supports Penn State men’s basketball, and has not been found to be true.”

In other words, the Legion of Blue was inaccurately told that its members used racial slurs toward the Rutgers team, which led to the organization’s vice president, Noah Odige, sending that portion of the GroupMe message referenced in our original story.

“ICA is aware that some fans were using vulgar language directed toward Rutgers players and fans, and we are disappointed as it does not represent Penn State values, appropriate fan conduct, or the Happy Valley Hospitality for which we are known,” the spokesperson continued. “Fan behavior is important to the experience of all teams and visitors to Penn State and our goal is to create an environment that is competitive, but welcoming.”

Original Story: Penn State Athletics is “aware” of the alleged inappropriate behavior from members of basketball’s student section, the Legion of Blue, during Sunday night’s game against Rutgers, a department spokesperson confirmed Monday afternoon.

In a screenshot posted to Twitter following the game, Legion of Blue Vice President Noah Odige addressed the student section in what appears to be the organization’s GroupMe chat, saying that “there were reports of a fan throwing a fathead at one of the opposing players/coaches and that is unacceptable…”

“Furthermore, the police have issued a warning to Athletics due to the alleged explicit, racist, and vulgar language directed at members of the Rutgers basketball team,” Odige wrote.

Odige called the behavior, such as “things like f-bombs, n-words, and other slurs being thrown around,” “downright unacceptable.”

When asked for comment, the Athletics spokesperson said the department has been in contact with Legion of Blue leadership, while also stating that it doesn’t condone the “inappropriate actions of some individuals on Sunday night.”

“The Legion of Blue has been tremendous supporters of Penn State Basketball for many years and have historically represented themselves in a positive manner while cheering on the Nittany Lions,” the statement reads.

“These reported actions are out of character for the group and its leadership is aware of behavioral expectations for all fans,” the spokesperson continued. “Noncompliance may warrant ejection from the venue, as well as the possibility of revocation of tickets and, in some cases, reference to the authorities. Fan conduct is important to the experience of all teams and visitors to Penn State and our goal is to create an environment that is competitive, but welcoming.”

In his GroupMe message, Odige concluded by once again condemning the alleged actions and saying that both Athletics and Legion of Blue leadership are “extremely disappointed.”

Rutgers Athletics declined to comment, while Odige and Legion of Blue President Kyle Kroboth didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

We’ll update this story with more information as it becomes available.

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