SL Trib – With BYU and Utah three days away from their meeting at LaVell Edwards Stadium, the rivalry has taken a controversial turn via social media. A video surfaced on Twitter showing what appears to be Utah football players engaging in a mock baptism, with senior linebacker Brian Blechen being immersed by a fellow Ute player with a towel over his head.
In this screenshot of a YouTube video, an unidentified University of Utah player appears to mock baptize Utah linebacker Brian Blechen.
Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said Wednesday he was aware of the video. He also said there was no ill intent involved with his players — although he questioned their judgment. Whittingham said the incident was dealt with earlier and no disciplinary action would be taken.
“We have addressed this issue with our players,” Whittingham said in a statement. “And although it was poor judgment on their part, there was absolutely no malice or disrespect intended towards any particular religion or rite.”
Days away from a huge rivalry game and this is what we’re talking about? Mock baptisms? Umm it’s called the Holy War guys. How do you think it got that name? This is what it’s all about. If you’re not going to make fun of religious shit what exactly are you going to do? I mean it’s not like you can make fun of BYU for fucking ugly chicks or having embarrassing drunk incidents. Not a lot of ammo there. You either tuck your tail between your legs and act like it’s any other game on the schedule of you fake baptize yourself all over Youtube and Instagram and stir some shit up. Latter makes for much better storylines.