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Oklahoma fraternity chapter hires high-profile attorney, cuts off talks with national group

  • The University of Oklahoma football team stands arm in arm on Owen Field on the campus in Norman, Okla., Thursday, March 12, 2015, in response to the recent racist video from a now-closed campus fraternity. In the front row, from left, are Sterling Shepard, Ty Darlington, Zack Sanchez, head coach Bob Stoops, Charles Tapper, Trevor Knight and Eric Striker. AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

    The University of Oklahoma football team stands arm in arm on Owen Field on the campus in Norman, Okla., Thursday, March 12, 2015, in response to the recent racist video from a now-closed campus fraternity. In the front row, from left, are Sterling Shepard, Ty Darlington, Zack Sanchez, head coach Bob Stoops, Charles Tapper, Trevor Knight and Eric Striker. AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)  (The Associated Press)

  • Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker, left, smiles as he says he has accepted the apology from the two students involved in the recent racist video from a now closed campus fraternity, while talking to the media in Norman, Okla., Thursday, March 12, 2015. From left are Striker, Ty Darlington, Trevor Knight, Zack Sanchez and Charles Tapper. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

    Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker, left, smiles as he says he has accepted the apology from the two students involved in the recent racist video from a now closed campus fraternity, while talking to the media in Norman, Okla., Thursday, March 12, 2015. From left are Striker, Ty Darlington, Trevor Knight, Zack Sanchez and Charles Tapper. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)  (The Associated Press)

The alumni of a fraternity chapter at the University of Oklahoma shut down after members were caught engaging in a racist chant have severed communications with its national headquarters and hired a high-profile Oklahoma attorney to represent them.

Enid attorney Stephen Jones confirmed Friday he has been hired by alumni members who served on the board of the university's local Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter.

Jones says he does not represent two members of the fraternity who were expelled from the university after they were caught on video leading a racist chant that referenced lynching and said African-Americans would never be allowed as members.

National SAE spokesman Brandon Weghorst said Friday officials with the Oklahoma chapter have stopped communicating with them.

Weghorst says a probe into other SAE chapters is proceeding.