A video has surfaced of a women's lacrosse team at Virginia Tech singing the N-word during Chris Brown's verse on Lil Dicky's "Freaky Friday" and as expected, it's not a good look. The team was reportedly celebrating a recent win in the video when they decided to sing along to the track. Head coach John Sung referred to the whole thing as a "teachable moment" in an interview with the Roanoke Times.
A Junior on the team posted the video to Snapchat. The footage then found its way to YouTube. According to Deadspin, a locked Twitter account reached out to another user that posted the video, claiming to be the junior who shared it to Snapchat and asking for it to be deleted. When Deadspin reached out to the player for comment, the account had been deleted.
"It’s not something that we’re proud of. The team is very apologetic and sorry," Sung said. "There’s nobody of any color that should say it. Period. There’s nobody that should say it." Sung went on to say that the college-aged women on the team were still in the process of learning what is and isn't socially acceptable and that the school was still working through and deciding on disciplinary action. "There was no malice involved," he also told the Times. "They just thought that they were singing along to a song. They had just won...They were celebrating and they were dancing and they were excited. They’re good kids that made a bad decision."
The irony of singing a verse that humorously implies Lil Dicky would only be allowed to say the word if he swapped bodies with a black person shouldn't be lost on anyone, either.