Tyler Lewis recently lost his grandmother and Duke decided that was a crisis that couldn’t go to waste. From NBA reporter Alex Kennedy…
Duke fans reportedly chanted, “How’s your grandma?” at N.C. State’s Tyler Lewis, whose grandmother recently passed away. That’s messed up.
UPDATE: User @Marve25 posted a YouTube video of the chant. It occurs at around 0:37 as Tyler Lewis goes to take his second free throw at the 13:47 mark in the second half.
Claims since have been that the fans were in fact chanting “Past Your Bedtime”. Funny given this response from a Duke student who attended the game…
Joseph Henry February 8, 2013 at February 8, 2013 at 12:27 am
I’m honestly ashamed to say I’m a duke student. I’m lost grad, and I was stunned to hear this
Hurtful and wildly inappropriate chant. I was @ the game, I heard the chant. Amazing what will be spun as being “appropriate” after they royally screw up. I was at the game, section 19, row 3, and the crowd was not only chanting, but also spreading the word, to chant ‘how’s your grandmother’. Not 1, 2 ,3, but 4 separate people specifically told me his grandmother died as the reason for the chant.
Classless students who are “mightier than thou” have ruined any good the CC wee did.
You stay classy, Duke!
Morning-after update: Nothing really new from what we have here, but here is a “main stream media” source (Fox Sports/MSN) that pushes the issue. Oh yeah, and just to stave off any assertions that State fans are only bringing this up because we are “bad losers” should probably read my article that post early this morning which makes no mention of the chant as a result of the loss.
There is a fine line between “getting lost in the emotion of the game” and just being a dick. The Cameron Crazies surpassed anything NC State might have said to Carolina fans about grades and the football scandal by making fun of the death of a family member. Way to show the nation that the Duke student body is a cut above the rest. Fortunately, the players seem to be rallying around Tyler.
@Rich1Howell Duke fans like to be tough in da gym but where the toughness go when you walkout the gym? He lost his grandma and y’all chant that? Cowards
@JPV14Wolfpack Who chants about someone’s recently deceased grandmother, thats crossing the line.
@rpurvis_0 Duke fans are some disrespectful clowns. Who chants about a kids grandmother who passed away recently ?
…and one final one from Jordan Vandenberg…
Through the frustration of classless fans and a tough loss with plenty to argue about, it’s comforting to see our team coming out of a loss by banding together. The chemistry on this team is great and these are guys that play for each other, not for themselves. The Duke fans proved to be not just ‘crazy’, but also classless, shallow, and completely out-of-touch with reality. It’s refreshing to see players pull together and cover each other’s back.
UPDATE: Since Duke students/fans are circling the wagons, I feel the need to reiterate a few things.
1) The video definitely sounds like the students say “How’s your grandma”. Even if you are a skeptic and say they students were saying “Past your bedtime”, then you can’t say the video clearly says it. The message is slightly garbled, but given the initial reports that they students did, indeed, say “How’s your grandma”, it’s very feasible. And let’s face it, it’s not like the Cameron Crazies haven’t gone overboard before.
2) Even on the Duke blog linked above, there is a statement from and individual that gives full name and seat location who attests that the chant was passed around as “How’s your grandma”. Even if you don’t believe the commenter is telling the truth, at best it becomes a “his word against yours” argument.
3) The most convincing evidence that the tasteless chant went exactly as indicated was that the players responded as recorded above. The players were on the court in front of the students, or on the bench right across from them. They could probably hear exactly what was said more clearly than anyone else in the arena.
Make all the excuses you want, but the video sounds like it, initial reports claimed it, a source online has an account of it, and the players are reacting to it. That’s an awful lot to be nothing more than a vicious rumor that blogs are “running away with”. How many people said it, how long it was said, or by who it was said by doesn’t matter. I’m just happy that our players were big enough people to come together and support their fellow teammate.
I’ll say it again… you stay classy, Duke.