ASU begins investigation after cheerleaders fight

ASU begins investigation after cheerleaders fight
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Albany State University cheerleaders and dance team were sent home from an SIAC Tournament after a fight with cheerleaders from Tuskegee University during a game Tuesday night.

Today at the ASU, students say they were shocked to see the video.

"I was just like wow that's my school, and that's our cheerleaders."

Freshman Alayah Canten says she was speechless...

"Shocking honestly, very shocking," says freshman Alayah Canten.

Others students thought it gave historically black colleges and universities a bad name.

"It was a level of disrespect between both parties, not only disrespect, but it made HBCUs look bad, but HBCUs are definitely looked upon as negative for blacks to go and get away," says Junior Atreau Matthews.

The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference issued an apology to fans and said the ccheerleadingand dance teams from both schools will not be allowed participate in their tournament for the remainder of the week.

And in the meantime students agree there should be some ddisciplinaryaction.

"Nothing crazy but I do think they should face some kind of ddisciplinaryaction," says Canten.

Because it's something students feel people won't forget.

"It will pass over, but I still think it will be like a memorable moment, like people will still remember that," she says.

Officials at ASU are also investigating and said they couldn't comment on camera till the investigation is over.

In a statement ASU's Athletic Director Richard Williams said they expect all athletic students to display good sportsmanship and character

According to a statement, ASU said "there was an apparent altercation between members of the squad and Tuskegee University cheerleaders."

This is the full statement issued by ASU

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"At Albany State University, we take pride in demonstrating exemplary sportsmanship, leadership and good character," said Richard Williams ASU's athletic director. "We expect our student athletes and representatives to conduct themselves accordingly; anything less is unacceptable. Based on the findings of our investigation and the university's student code of conduct, we will take appropriate action."

Video of the fight was shared across social media. It showed the cheerleaders from Albany State and Tuskegee University fighting during half time at the SIAC basketball tournament in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference also issued a statement on the incident

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"The obligation to observe basic principles of sportsmanship and fair play extends to all participants at the SIAC basketball tournament. As a consequence of the incident on Tuesday, the cheerleading and dance teams from both Albany State University and Tuskegee University will not be permitted to participate in our tournament for the remainder of the week."

The Tuskegee Golden Tigers went on to win 80-63.

There was no immediate word on why the fight started.

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