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Oklahoma Frat Brothers Apologize For Racist Song

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon house at the University of Oklahoma on Monday, March. 9, 2015 in Norman, Oklahoma. The SAE fraternity
The Sigma Alpha Epsilon house at the University of Oklahoma on Monday, March. 9, 2015 in Norman, Oklahoma. The SAE fraternity has been banned from campus after a video surfaced of members shouting and singing racial slurs. President David Boren of the University of Oklahoma severed the school's ties with a national fraternity on Monday and ordered that its on-campus house be shuttered after several members took part in a racist chant caught in an online video. (AP Photo/Nick Oxford)

A former member of a now-defunct University of Oklahoma fraternity apologized on Tuesday, two days after a video leaked showing him singing a song with racist lyrics.

“I am deeply sorry for what I did Saturday night. It was wrong and reckless," said Parker Rice in a statement published by the Dallas Morning News. He said he was no longer a student at OU.

The family of Levi Pettit, who also participated in the video, also released a statement on Tuesday.

"He made a horrible mistake, and will live with the consequences forever," they said. Pettit's family also defended him, saying that although his behavior in the video was "disgusting," "he is not a racist."

The national office for Sigma Alpha Epsilon shut down the OU chapter late on Sunday after several members were caught on video singing a song that included racial slurs and references to lynching. On Tuesday, the university revealed that it had expelled two students who were "leaders" in the chanting.

For the full statements, head over to dallasnews.com

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article referred to the school where the racist incident took place as Oklahoma State University, rather than the University of Oklahoma.

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