Some University of Utah (U of U) football players performed a mock baptism before a game against their rival, Brigham Young University (BYU), which is Mormon.
The video (below) shows one player with a towel over his head and covering his face, dunking another player in a cool-down tub in a fake baptism.
The video was posted on Instagram on August 23 by U of U running back Lucky Radley, noted the Daily Herald.
The Instagram video was deleted on Sept. 17 or 18, but the video was re-posted on YouTube on Sept. 17.
The original video was titled “Baptized in the Name of LGI,” according to Fox 13 News.
“We have addressed this issue with our players, and although it was poor judgement on their part, there was absolutely no malice or disrespect intended towards any particular religion or rite,” said University of Utah head football coach Kyle Wittingham in a statement.
U of U football player Jake Murphy later tweeted several messages defending the video, which seemed to contradict his coach's claim of poor judgement:
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To all of the utah/ byu, lds/ non-lds fans who saw this utah video .first of all was posted two months ago. Not this week. And it was not.
Not intended to offend any religion. It was a dare to see if the player would go all the way under the water in the ice tub.
2 of the 3 people in the video were baptized by immersion and one was actually lds. For any lds member to be offended by this is a reach.
We are not the only religion to baptize by immersion. It was a bunch of 18-19 yr olds messing around in the cold tub.
The past tweets were put together by myself and Trevor Reilly, two active LDS members and returned missionaries