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Racist video clouds Oklahoma's Big 12 tourney games

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A Kansas State University student is talking about being attacked on campus for being a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

“I didn't expect that to happen, but I knew that something like that could happen,” Eli Camp said.

Camp said Tuesday morning on campus someone walked up to him, kicked him in the shins and called him a racist. It happened after members of the SAE house on the University of Oklahoma's campus were captured in a controversial racist video.

The former fraternity members who were shown on video shouting a chant that referenced lynching and indicated black students would never be admitted to OU's chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon are apologizing. Two students were expelled and the university severed ties with the fraternity.

Camp said he doesn't believe it's fair to assume all members of the house are bad people.

“You just did the same thing to me as that chapter, our OU chapter, did. You made a generalization and said because you are SAE that means you are racist,” he said.

Camp wasn't seriously hurt in the incident. He reported it to campus police, but not to Manhattan, KS, police.

The OU controversy was fresh in the minds of many fans at the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City.

Many fans are embarrassed the video is tarnishing their school's reputation.

“That none of that behavior should ever be tolerated and it's embarrassing. When I'm up here, I used to say I'm really proud of OU, and I'm still proud of OU, but that's bad,” Tammy Tinsley said.

“That was two people that made a big mistake,” said OU fan Mike Reider. “OU is not what the national news is showing right now. They're good people.”

Some fans applauded the OU's administration's swift action.

“There really needs to be a fine line of what can happen and what cannot,” Kansas City resident Taylor Brabits said. “People need to know right from wrong. And really moving forward with the right intentions is really the best thing they could do.”

OU guard Buddy Hield said he was glad to be in Kansas City and away from the atmosphere in Norman. He said he is glad to focus on playing basketball.

“Everything that happened Sunday, it feels good to be away from that,” he said. “Thank God we're able to be in this position.”

Now OU fans say they want a Big 12 win more than ever.

“We just hope the guys feel supported by us and the whole university,” Kelly Brecheisen.

“I do hope they win because they got a black eye, a big black eye right now,” Tinsley said.

The fans and players alike hope some positivity will help them all heal.

Thursday the university's football team held a silent protest over the video instead of practicing. The team also released a statement saying in part, "Moving forward, we seek to continue to raise awareness for this issue and reiterate that this is much greater than football."

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