Idaho Police Investigate Racist Harassment Against Utah Womens Basketball Team

The University of Utah women’s basketball team found themselves at the center of racial hate crimes while in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho for a tournament. The incidents included a driver revving their engine and shouting racial slurs at the team, sparking outrage and condemnation from the local public advocacy organization.

In a news conference addressing the incidents, Mayor Jim Hammond issued an apology to the team and promised to work with local law enforcement and the FBI to prosecute the perpetrators. The FBI spokesperson stated that they are prepared to investigate if federal violations are found in the case.

Due to a lack of hotel space in Washington, the team was forced to stay in Idaho for the NCAA tournament, where Utah coach Lynne Roberts spoke out against racism and the lack of safety for her players. The NCAA and Gonzaga University stepped in to help move the team to a different hotel for their safety.

Coeur d’Alene and northern Idaho have a reputation for extremism and the proliferation of racist groups. The Idaho 97 Project has even labeled the region a “safe haven” for white supremacist hate groups, highlighting the urgent need for action against such hate crimes.

During the news conference, a local far-right activist interrupted, claiming to be a member of the media. This incident further emphasized the tense atmosphere in the region and the need for continued efforts to combat racism and hatred. The community is united in calling for justice and protection for the University of Utah women’s basketball team and all individuals affected by hate crimes.

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