Oregon Players Chant 'No Means No' to Mock Fla. State

January 2, 2015

Some University of Oregon football players celebrated their Rose Bowl win Thursday night by singing "No Means No" to the tune of the war chant of the Florida State University Seminoles, the team Oregon had just defeated, Sports Illustrated reported. The chant was not seen as a sign of understanding the importance of respecting the rights of women, but as a way to mock Florida State's star quarterback, Jameis Winston, whom a woman accused of sexual assault in 2012. Authorities didn't bring charges against him and Florida State cleared him of violating student conduct rules, but many have questioned whether the local police and the university properly investigated the charges, which Winston has denied. Oregon's coach, Mark Helfrich, released a statement about the post-game chant. "We are aware of the inappropriate behavior in the postgame," he said. "This is not what our programs stand for, and the student-athletes will be disciplined internally." The University of Oregon has also faced criticism about allegations involving athletes and sexual assault. In June, the university suspended three former men's basketball players from campus for as long as a woman who says they sexually assaulted her remains on campus.




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