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BYU Football Addressed Situation Of Player’s Comments Not Meeting Program Expectations

Feb 2, 2021, 3:28 PM | Updated: 3:33 pm
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PROVO, UT - SEPTEMBER 16: A singular view of a BYU Cougars football helmet during the game between the Cougars and the Wisconsin Badgers at LaVell Edwards Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Provo, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
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PROVO, Utah – BYU football issued a statement on Tuesday regarding a player in its program. The statement said the following:

“BYU Athletics was made aware yesterday of an issue regarding a member of the football team whose comments do not meet the expectations we have for our student-athletes. This behavior is not acceptable and is being addressed.”

BYU Athletics did not go into further details about the matter.

On February 1st, BYU’s campus newspaper, The Daily Universe, interviewed Dixie State student Stephanie Du Par who shared a TikTok video (Content Warning: The video contains explicit language) that featured screenshots of a message from BYU football player Wes Wright and his profile on the dating app, Tinder.

Du Par’s video on TikTok has gained nearly one million views on the social media platform.

Du Par told the Daily Universe, “The reason I’m doing this is not to ruin his life. It’s not ‘cancel culture,’ I’m here because I have to show my friends who have been sexually assaulted and sexually harassed by men that it’s OK to stand up and defend yourself and not take any kind of bullying or harassment.”

Wes Wright joined the BYU football program in 2020 as a preferred walk-on after playing a season at Snow College. He appeared in 10 games this past season, where he primarily saw action on special teams during kick return coverage.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m., KSL Newsradio). Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper and the KSL Sports app.

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