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What did they say? Crazies' chant triggers Twitter backlash

Posted February 8, 2013

— The Cameron Crazies, known for taunting Duke University opponents, stepped over the line Thursday night, according to Twitter critics.

In a widely circulated clip of video, taken from the ESPN game broadcast, "Past your bedtime" can be heard as State's Tyler Lewis shoots two foul shots. Whether the Crazies or a stray few are saying anything else is in the ears of the beholder.

While social media buzzed Friday with reports that the Crazies chanted, "How's your grandma?" Duke students, media along press row and official university spokespeople denied that.

"Cameron Crazies can get pretty rowdy, but we're not cruel and insensitive like that," said Duke freshman Hannah McCracken. "And it hurts my feelings that people would think we'd stoop to a level like that."

The WRALSportsFan media contingent at the game all reported hearing chants of "Past your bedtime" targeted at Lewis, a young-looking freshman point guard who saw significant minutes in the absence of the injured Lorenzo Brown.

Any chant about his grandmother, who passed away last week, would have been off script, Duke representatives said.

Cameron Crazies Some hear offensive chant from Cameron Crazies

The Cameron Crazies are known for doing their homework on opposing teams and targeting the taunts to sting. For Thursday's match up with the Wolfpack, they had notes on Lewis's youthful appearance and on the role played by CJ Leslie when fans stormed the court after a 84-76 victory over then-No. 1 Duke on Jan. 12. 

"Now a folk hero for bravely and heroically saving NCSU student Will Privette, who stormed the court in a wheelchair and was promptly abandoned by the NCSU student body president, who was pushing him at the time," the notes read. In another entry, Leslie is described as a high school teammate of John Wall, "a player who CJ will never come close to being as good as."

Even those who claimed to have heard the cheer said it was limited to just a few. 

Nolan Evans, a reporter for the NC State student newspaper The Technician, said he was unaware Lewis's grandmother had died, but heard the word "grandma" from his spot on press row. Later, when he saw comments on Twitter, he put the two together.

After the game, he defended the Crazies. "Not like it was the entire student section. Just a few knuckleheads off to my right," he wrote. "I still have an overwhelming amount of respect for Duke and its fans. College students are dumb and say dumb things sometimes. All this is."

After the game, NC State players reacted to the Twitter-sphere, but none of them claimed specifically to have heard the chant during the game. Richard Howell wrote, "He lost his grandma and y'all chant that? Cowards."

A spokesman for the North Carolina State athletic department said he didn't hear it, and it was not a subject of team discussion after the game had ended.

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  • tgwillif Feb 12, 2013

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    Um I don't think it is pointless especially to Tyler or his family, whether it was said or not. That was actually extremely rude. I don't think you consider your parents/grandparents pointless. He played Miami the day after and did extremely well proving how tough he is mentally but that does not mean hearing about something like this doesn't upset him. I don't think a grown man, and his dad at that, would make up hearing this so the point that they even sounded similar is terrible. Yes it may have just been a few students but I could not imagine dealing with a loss of a family member then hearing such things come from a fan base.

  • 879wins Feb 10, 2013

    Pointless article about pointless people.

  • Rapid Deployment Feb 10, 2013

    Don't worry Dukies. If your team plays well enough to go into the tournament as one of the top four teams, Dickie V will clear the air about what really happened at the now famous "Chantgate" game. He's like Dukes unofficial lawyer.

  • NCSU72 Feb 9, 2013

    OMG, still arguing about something that clearly happened. According to reports in today's paper Tyler's Dad heard it -- it was his Mother they were chanting about -- she died a week ago....

    The Duke students veered away from their cheer sheet and got crudely creative with the "How's your Grandma" chant.

    Enough. It happened.

    Let's show some respect, offer our sympathy to the Lewis family, and let Mrs. Lewis rest in peace.

  • uncsuckz Feb 9, 2013

    as usual, hole fans trying to deflect from the real issue...their ongoing demise as noted by the NY Times. Yawn. Wake me when you have something relative about Duke other than the incessant whining of the sheep

  • tlg0022 Feb 9, 2013

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    Funny I get the same feeling when I go to Chapel Hill.

  • lanecc Feb 9, 2013

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    You said " . . . could easily come . . . " That is not proof that it happened. And this coming from an NCSU fan. Seriously? If I were you, I would not be throwing any stones.

  • tlg0022 Feb 9, 2013

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    Nope that's reserved for Maryland..at least we've had a basketball team to cheer for the last 20 years.

  • Lux Libertas Feb 9, 2013

    +2005.

    It's good for the rest of America to get a glimpse into the dookie mindset. We here in the Triangle already know the deal. We have to live around these people.

  • Footflash Feb 9, 2013

    I think the point here is that everyone agrees this could easily come from the Dook student section. No one is surprised. We expect this type of behavior from them. That is sad.

    Any Duke student/fan that doesn't understand that they are perceived as pretty much the lowest of the low by the rest of the college basketball community really needs to check themselves. I pity them.

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