University of Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said several players will be disciplined internally after they appeared to mock sexual assault allegations made against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.
Moments after Oregon defeated Florida State 59-20 in the College Football Playoff national semifinal, a video posted by Bear Heiser of Fox Sports West showed multiple players chanting “No means no,” to the tune of the “Warchant” used by Florida fans.
“We are aware of the inappropriate behavior in the postgame,” Helfrich said in a statement released by the Ducks on Thursday night. “This is not what our program stands for, and the student-athletes will be disciplined internally.”
The short video, uploaded to Vine by Bear Heiser of Fox Sports West, quickly drew strong reactions. Sophomore linebacker Torrodney Prevot and and redshirt freshman Kani Benoit are both seen doing the chant, along with a third player wearing a “WON NOT DONE” T-shirt over his game jersey.
Heiser said the video was taken on the field as players celebrated but he shared a longer, 27-second video with the Associated Press that showed the chant began somewhere off camera. The players in the shorter video, as well as wide reciever Chance Allen, joined in.
The Oregonian posted another video that showed a number of other players chanting.
Winston was never charged after a woman accused him of raping her in 2012. This case has gone through proceedings, with Winston recently cleared of violating Florida State’s student code of conduct.
While the sight of the players taunting Winston was jarring, it was hardly shocking Winston in light of considerable resume of trouble. In addition to the very serious allegation of rape, he stole soda from a Burger King and crab legs from a Publix. He was handcuffed for possession of a BB gun and he screamed vulgarity while standing on a table in the FSU student union.
USA Today sports columnist, Christine Brennan, sees a positive aspect in this public display. “The Oregon players will be criticized in the national media, and perhaps we’ll hear from them in the coming days, but in the meantime, we should be pleased that they actually know the meaning and impact of the ‘no means no,’ phrase,” she said. “In their own way, [they] shined a light on a famous man accused of rape.”