Video: U of U athletes perform mock baptism

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A video is surfacing of University of Utah athletes apparently mocking baptism.

According to the YouTube description, the video was uploaded on Instagram on Aug. 23, and was deleted on Sept. 17 or Sept. 18.

The original post was reportedly titled “baptized in the name of LGI.” According to the YouTube description, the post had 287 likes and 19 positive comments before it was deleted.

University of Utah head football coach Kyle Wittingham released this statement regarding the video:

“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.”

U of U football player Jake Murphy tweeted out these messages explaining the video: