LSU gymnast facing criticism on social media for ‘racist’ Snapchat; athletic department responds

LSU sophomore beam specialist Sami Durante performs on the gymnastic apparatus throughout the gymnastics regionals within the PMAC on Friday, April 5, 2019.

LSU athlete Sami Durante faced criticism on social media Wednesday for a circulated Snapchat that some have known as ‘racist’ and ‘insensitive.’

Durante’s Snapchat depicted writing in Mandarin on a room projector screen. “Excuse me sir. We’re in America,” her comment said.

Durante, a junior from Athens, Georgia, attained SEC All-Freshmen and SEC academic Honor roll in 2018 and 2019, severally.

Hey @LSU @LSUsports how concerning some racial and cultural sensitivity training for your racist athlete SamiDurante. DO something 

The Reveille reached out to the athletic department for a statement:
“While individual student athletes have the right to express themselves on social media, they’re representatives of LSU athletics and our various and inclusive department. Our student-athletes receive formal training every year on inclusion and variety, additionally to continuing mentorship on creating good choices on and off social media.”

“We don’t condone any offensive statement created by a member of the Athletics community and will still work to educate our student athletes.”
This story will be updated as additional data becomes accessible.

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