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March 26, 2018 — History, repeating

It was only about two weeks ago when a video of a pair of Tredyffrin Conestoga (Pa.) students singing along to a hip-hop song using a racial slur went viral. Some 2.5 million people saw the video, which included junior national field hockey team member Charlotte de Vries. She was suspended from the United States’ team and from school, and issued an apology.

Today, the attention is focused on the Virginia Tech women’s lacrosse team, which filmed itself singing along to a hip-hop song using racial slurs.

To its credit, Virginia Tech and its coaching staff has been out in front of the story, issuing an apology on behalf of the team and John Sung, the head coach, being transparent about how he is handling the situation.

“They’ve got to be educated to make better decisions,” said Sung. “They’ve got to know what’s socially acceptable, and I think they’re learning all these things. A lot of it is on me as the leader. People forget — I’m a minority.”

Indeed, that’s the shame of the situation, where the young women representing the Virginia Tech program chose to broadcast the video to hundreds of millions of people worldwide.

It’s this kind of thing that does not do honor to the game.