OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former University of Oklahoma fraternity member caught on video leading a racist chant says he's deeply sorry for his role in the incident and "upset and embarrassed" that he failed to stop it.
Surrounded by several black leaders, Levi Pettit publicly apologized Wednesday during a brief news conference. It followed a meeting he had at an Oklahoma City Baptist church with civil rights activists, pastors and elected officials.
Pettit answered a few questions from reporters but declined to say who taught him the chant or where he learned it.
Pettit and several other members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at OU were caught on video engaging in the chant that referenced lynching and used a racial slur to describe how African-Americans would never become members.