A Cal football player and a former team member upset at reported racial slurs made by a member of the university's crew team sought revenge by robbing two residents of a dormitory, but targeted the wrong people, campus officials said Tuesday.
R.J. Garrett and Gary Doxy, both 21, were arrested and charged Monday in connection with last month's robbery of two Cal crew team members at the Clark Kerr Campus, a residence-hall complex southeast of UC Berkeley that is home to many student athletes.
The suspects, who are black, decided to commit the Sept. 30 robbery after hearing about racial slurs reportedly made by a white member of the Cal crew team at an off-campus party three days earlier, police said.
A black female student athlete who was at the party was offended by the comments, which someone else relayed to Garrett and Doxy, police said.
The robbery victims were outside the party and did not make the offensive comments, authorities said. The student who allegedly uttered the slurs has been suspended from the crew team and is facing separate student conduct charges by the university. He was not identified.
"The campus has made it clear ... that racial slurs are deplorable and unacceptable, and that is why we have mechanisms in place to deal with such incidents," Gibor Basri, vice chancellor for equity and inclusion, said in a statement. "Our office seeks to foster an inclusive and healthy campus climate, and will take further active steps to ensure that campus community members feel welcome and safe."
Unlike Petey, Tedford didn't waste any time in taking action:
Late Tuesday, Garrett was dismissed from Cal's football team, said Dan Mogulof, a UC Berkeley spokesman. Garrett was a junior fullback who had come to Cal from Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, where his father, Robert, is a longtime and well-respected coach. R.J. Garrett was a sixth-string fullback who, in three seasons, had never participated in an offensive play.
Good for Tedford. If this happened in South Central, Petey would make him run few laps and "suspend" for one quarter.