Duke, Johns Hopkins teams protest treatment of Delaware State lacrosse in NCAA Tournament
The Duke and Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse teams held a protest at the start of their NCAA Tournament first-round match on Friday, May 13, as they showed support for the Delaware State and Howard women's lacrosse teams.
The Delaware State women's lacrosse team had their bus searched for drugs in Liberty County, Georgia, during a trip in April. The Howard women's lacrosse team heard racist slurs during a game at Presbyterian in February. Both Delaware State and Howard are historically Black universities.
Players from Duke and Johns Hopkins held up their sticks in a protest. Both schools released statements on the official team Twitter accounts.
Duke women's lacrosse tweeted, "Before the start of our game today, we stood with @HopkinsLacrosse as a show of solidarity in support of the Howard and Delaware State women’s lacrosse teams. The only way we can have an anti-racist society is to call out racism when we see it."
Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse tweeted, "Our only chance to have an anti-racist society is to call out racism when we see it. What happened to @DSUlax during their trip in Georgia and Howard Women's Lacrosse at Presbyterian was unacceptable. At the start of today's game, we will hold our sticks in the air in support."
The Delaware News Journal reported about the incident with the Delaware State women's lacrosse team:
At 10:30 a.m. on April 20, driving along Interstate 95 near Savannah, Georgia, the DSU bus was pulled over by Liberty County Sheriff’s Office deputies. They told driver Tim Jones that he’d illegally traveled in the far left lane, despite Jones telling them the signs only said trucks couldn’t travel there.
While a deputy spoke with Jones, colleagues arrived with a narcotic-sniffing dog. It picked up a scent, and the next thing DSU players knew, their belongings were being searched.
NBC News reported in February about the Howard women's lacrosse team hearing threats and slurs during a game at Presbyterian College on Feb. 15.
Similar protests happened in the NCAA Tournament games between Vermont and Denver along with between Stony Brook and Drexel.
Duke won the match 17-12 against Johns Hopkins. Duke advances to face No. 2 seed Maryland in the NCAA Tournament second round on Sunday, May 15.
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- Delaware State women's lacrosse:Delaware State, state leaders 'incensed' after team bus stopped, searched in Georgia