LAS VEGAS — The men’s basketball team at Temple University in California’s San Francisco Bay Area had been celebrating the first home game of the 2017-18 college season when a group of about 20 young men began throwing objects, including cans of paint and beer bottles at the arena.
It wasn’t clear if any of the students were members of the university’s chapter of the Black Panther Party.
The incident was captured on video and the video has been viewed more than 6 million times on Facebook.
Temple’s police department released the video, which shows the players yelling, “We’re so disrespectful.
They are so disrespectful,” and “I can’t even say ‘nigger.'”
Temple officials said the men were members and that they apologized to the university for the incident.
But they also said that Temple has a longstanding anti-racist culture that includes members who “stand with black communities when we stand against hate and racism.”
The men were not identified by name in the video and did not have their faces or faces painted in the images, which are posted online.
They were also not wearing uniforms, Temple athletic director Robert Jones said.
Temple president David Jones said in a statement that Temple is “disappointed” in the actions of the men.
“Our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity is our core values, and Temple is proud to work to build an inclusive campus community where all members are valued and treated equally,” Jones said, according to the Associated Press.
“The actions of these individuals are unacceptable and do not reflect the values of the Temple University community.
Temple is committed to diversity and inclusion in all of our operations, and we are committed to holding those who engage in such actions accountable for their actions.”
Temple has also stepped up security since the video surfaced, with about 50 police officers stationed outside of the arena, Temple spokeswoman Amy Schmitz said.
“Temple has implemented a variety of proactive security measures including additional patrols of the athletic complex, increased campus security, and additional surveillance and observation of student-athletes,” Schmit, the university spokeswoman, said in an email.
“We are committed, as we have always been, to providing the best possible experience for our students, alumni, faculty and staff.”
Temple’s football team was scheduled to play a home game in the San Francisco suburb of Fremont in September.
Temple has not yet announced whether the men will be allowed back on campus for the game.
A Temple spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday that the players involved in the incident were members at Temple.
Jones said that the team has been suspended from campus.
Temple University President David Jones (left) and athletic director and president Robert Jones, who have been suspended, at Temple, Calif., on Sept. 28, 2018.
Temple students react to the video that surfaced of players yelling and throwing objects at the football team’s arena in San Francisco, Calif.
(AP Photo/Matt McClain) Temple officials issued a statement on Friday night that said the university is working with the police department to “immediately investigate and prosecute the individuals involved.”
Jones said the police are reviewing the video.
Temple police spokeswoman Sarah Jones told ABC News on Friday that Temple “has a longstanding and long-standing anti-racism culture that encompasses members who stand with black and other communities when they stand against hatred and racism.
We are very disappointed in the behavior of the individuals depicted in this video.”
The school released a statement Friday night, which said it was working with law enforcement to “instigate a full and thorough investigation” of the matter.
“In the wake of this incident, we have been working with our law enforcement partners to establish a formal protocol for the conduct of our students and staff,” the statement said.
Jones did not say what kind of investigation was being carried out.
Jones has not publicly addressed the video’s content or the university in recent months, according the Chronicle.
Temple was founded in 1852 and has a population of about 15,000.
The school has a reputation for providing an inclusive environment that includes students from a diverse set of backgrounds.
A 2012 study from the University of California at Berkeley found that Temple students were at the top of a list of people of color with higher than average acceptance rates.
The study was based on data from the university, the Associated Students of the University and the Center for Asian American Studies.