Racial Slurs Hurled at Parents in Stands During College World Series: Vanderbilt AD

Parents in the stands of the College World Series finals were subject to racial slurs during the game on Monday night, according to Vanderbilt's athletic director.

At the game between Vanderbilt and Mississippi State, parents of the Vanderbilt baseball players were allegedly victims of racial slurs.

On Tuesday morning, athletic director Candice Storey Lee revealed in a series of tweets that parents were impacted but did not allege that the slurs came from MSU fans.

"I am deeply troubled that some of our student-athlete parents were subjected to racist slurs during last night's game," she tweeted. "This is absolutely unacceptable and disgraceful behavior, and such hateful language has no place anywhere in our society."

I am deeply troubled that some of our student-athlete parents were subjected to racist slurs during last night's game. This is absolutely unacceptable and disgraceful behavior, and such hateful language has no place anywhere in our society.

— Candice Storey Lee (@VandyAD) June 29, 2021

She continued, "To the family members who were impacted, please know that you have my full support. And you absolutely have the wholehearted support of not only Vanderbilt Athletics but all of Commodore Nation."

The rest of the Vanderbilt Athletics Director's team confirmed with Newsweek that they stand behind what Lee stated.

The game took place at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska, and Vanderbilt won 8-2. Game 2 of the three-game series is set for 6 p.m. local time Tuesday night.

No specifics have been released yet as to the nature of the slurs, and The Sun Herald reported that Mississippi State has so far not responded to Story Lee's tweet.

"Racist and abusive language has no place in college sports and is not tolerated at NCAA championships, including the Men's College World Series," an NCAA spokesperson told Newsweek in a statement.

The NCAA also confirmed that it will be partnering with Ameritrade Park to provide extra security. "Any parties responsible for unacceptable actions during the games will be removed by stadium security."

Fans at the game on Monday night were rowdy, ESPN reported. Jack Leiter, a player for MSU, told ESPN, "I think we had an idea what the stadium environment was going to be like. Our fans were amazing all night. Of course, the Mississippi State fans, you've got to tip your cap to that fan base, because it's pretty awesome the support they give their team. Our offense came out of the chute really hot, so that quieted them down a little bit."

As Vanderbilt took to the field on Monday night, the crowd booed heavily, according to The Tennessean, setting the stage for some less than friendly racial altercations as well.

Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin told ESPN, "we've played well in tough environments. So this was a tough environment too. And we appreciate the fans that we had too because they were loud."

If Vanderbilt wins Tuesday night's game, they could take home their third national championship.

Update- 06/30/2021 12:10 PM - This story has been updated with a comment from the NCAA.

2021 NCAA Division I Men's Baseball Championship
Javier Vaz #2, Maxwell Romero Jr. #55 and Tate Kolwyck #6 celebrate an RBI single hit by CJ Rodriguez #5 of Vanderbilt in the seventh inning during game one of the College World Series Championship at TD Ameritrade, on June 28, 2021, in Omaha, Nebraska. Some Vanderbilt players' parents at Monday night's game were subject to racial slurs. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images