VIDEO: Rice band receives backlash after satirical half-time

Rice band pokes fun at Baylor during half-time with Title 9 formation (Courtesy: Houston Chronicle)
Rice band pokes fun at Baylor during half-time with Title 9 formation (Courtesy: Houston Chronicle)

HOUSTON (KXAN) — Rice University says their band may have gone too far in a performance during their football game against Baylor on Friday.

The marching band called the “mob” formed a roman numeral nine on the field to represent Title Nine. That is the federal law Baylor is accused of violating in their sexual assault scandals.

Rice band pokes fun at Baylor during half-time with Title 9 formation (Courtesy: Houston Chronicle)
Rice band pokes fun at Baylor during half-time with Title 9 formation (Courtesy: Houston Chronicle)

After forming the nine, the band then shifted into a star formation in reference to Ken Starr. He was the Baylor President who eventually resigned after the scandal.

In a statement Rice says the band did not intend to “make light of the serious issue of sexual assault.” They wanted to satirize the actions of inaction of Baylor’s administration. Due to the response following the performance, the University says they may have gone too far.

An investigation was launched into Baylor’s practices after it was revealed that they ignored several rape claims from students. A federal lawsuit was filed by a former Baylor student in June, who says she was drugged and abducted from “The Rugby House.”

Most of the sexual assault allegations were involving the football team. The women who filed the lawsuit say they told police, student advocates, a chaplain, a professor, an assistant dean, and a dorm director. They received little to no help from any school officials.

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