Duke Basketball Guns: Photos ‘Clearly’ Not Glamorizing Gun Violence (+Photos)

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
October 14, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Duke University basketball officials said pictures of players with guns that have been widely circulated online have been taken out of context by some people.

The team is on a week-long team-building trip to New York, reported WRAL, and stopped one day at West Point, where coach Mike Krzyzewski graduated.

The team took time while at West Point to use the combat simulator with laser weapons.

“They were given the opportunity by the Army personnel to take some pictures,” Jon Jackson, associate director of athletics, said.

“If you take the image by itself and it’s taken out of context, it could be seen as are we somehow glamorizing gun violence or something like that. Clearly, not the case,” Jackson said.

Jackson said the publicity around the pictures prompted a discussion among athletic department members about social media.

Duke freshman Tim Campell, meanwhile, said that he didn’t think the pictures were in good taste.

“I don’t think it’s a good idea to attach that image to the basketball team,” he said.

Photos of players with guns have been removed from Duke’s picture sharing website. The pictures remaining show the team walking around campus and playing basketball there. 

The players were firing off M4s and M240s at the combat simulator. 

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.