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  The University of Florida will no longer use the "Gator Bait" cheer at sporting events, President Kent Fuchs announced Thursday, citing the racist imagery associated with the phrase as the primary reason behind the decision. "While I know of no evidence of racism associated with our "Gator Bait" cheer at UF sporting events, there is horrific historic racist imagery associated with the phrase," Fuchs wrote in a UF statement titled "Another Step Toward Positive Change Against Racism. "Accordingly University Athletics and the Gator Band will discontinue the use of the cheer."

The cheer typically follows a brief intro from the UF band, followed by fans chomping twice with their right arm over their left arm followed by a "Gator Bait" cheer. It's unclear if fans will still be permitted to do the chomp, which became popular following the release of the movie 'Jaws' before becoming an official tradition during the 1981 season, following Florida's decision. Furthermore, Fuchs said Florida will take steps "removing any monuments or namings that UF can control that celebrate the Confederacy or its leaders." - Gainesville Sun


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News Source: Gainesville Sun


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