Basketball Announcer Under Fire For Using Racial Slur On Livestream

Written by on March 12, 2021

Mother and father, college students and academics in Norman, Oklahoma, are condemning racist feedback made by a basketball announcer throughout a current recreation livestream.

On Thursday night time, gamers from the Norman Excessive College ladies basketball group selected to kneel throughout the nationwide anthem earlier than a playoff recreation towards Midwest Metropolis.

One of many announcers protecting the sport for the Nationwide Federation of Excessive College Community reacted through the use of a racial slur, which is written out beneath, to discuss with the gamers. His feedback have been caught by a scorching mic.

“They’re kneeling? Fucking niggers,” a person recognized as Scott Sapulpa by the Oklahoman newspaper mentioned. “I hope Norman will get their ass kicked. Fuck them. I hope they lose. C’mon, Midwest Metropolis. They’re gonna kneel like that? Hell no.”

Norman Excessive College basketball coach Frankie Parks condemned the community and the announcers for utilizing the slur, included a clip as proof.

Staff gamers identified on Twitter that it was slurs just like the one mentioned throughout the livestream that impressed related protests within the first place. Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick initially drew consideration in 2016 for kneeling throughout the anthem forward of soccer video games to protest police brutality and racial injustice.

Norman Public Colleges Superintendent Dr. Nick Migliorino mentioned in a Fb put up that the District “is not going to tolerate the disgusting phrases and attitudes of those announcers.”

He added: “Such a hate speech has no place in our society and we’re outraged that it will be directed at any human being, and significantly at our college students.”

Norman Mayor Breea Clark was additionally “furious and completely disgusted in regards to the racist and hateful feedback” and referred to as for the Oklahoma Secondary College Actions Affiliation (OSSAA) to cease utilizing NFHS to livestream video games in a Fb put up.

OSSAA government director David Jackson instructed Oklahoma Metropolis ABC affiliate KOCO TV that the crew concerned in Thursday’s incident is not going to be doing any extra video games within the playoffs.

NFHS additionally posted a press release on social media condemning the remarks and mentioned it’s presently “investigating the matter and the people concerned,” however promised these people wouldn’t be working with them any additional.

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