Duke fans spark debate after chant (VIDEO)
by Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports
In Thursday’s revenge victory over North Carolina State, a chant from Duke fans caused an uproar on social media. The Cameron Crazies, Duke’s infamously enthusiastic student section, were accused on Twitter of taking a heartless jab at N.C. State freshman guard Tyler Lewis, who lost his grandmother last Friday.
A chant during Lewis’ first free throw, while difficult to decipher, was thought to have sounded like “how’s your grandma?” Despite the chant being louder and clear during the second free throw, it was still impossible to confirm what was being chanted.
The Duke Chronicle said the chant was “past your bedtime” which points at Lewis’ youth as a freshman. Duke fans also chanted “Bilbo Baggins” to rip Lewis’ 5-11 frame. That contention was disputed vehemently disputed in the comments section.
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While inconclusive, it is still believable. College fans across the country have been known to mock players using unsavory tactics to get in their heads. We’ve heard of sinister jabs at players’ family members before, particularly when former hated Duke players Jon Scheyer and J.J. Redick were taunted on a regular-game basis by rival fans.