Winning HS Basketball Team Under Fire After Tossing Tortillas At Challengers

Written by on June 21, 2021

A southern California highschool basketball workforce is underneath fireplace after college students celebrated a win over a predominantly Hispanic college by throwing tortillas on the courtroom.

On Saturday night time, Coronado Excessive Faculty beat Orange Glen Excessive Faculty 60-57. Proper after the win, tortillas have been tossed towards the Orange Glen athletes, an motion that Orange Glen assistant coach Lizardo Reynoso known as “disturbing.”

“Our guys are nonetheless sort of bothered, particularly plenty of our Hispanic guys, like, ‘Why would they do this?’” Reynoso instructed San Diego CBS affiliate KFMB. “They perceive that there’s plenty of racism and hate happening immediately, however to high that off with a defeat after working so arduous all 12 months, it’s like a slap within the face.”

Paradoxically, the incident comes only a week after college students at Coronado Excessive Faculty, which is positioned close to San Diego, held a stroll in opposition to racism, the station reported.

The incident reportedly started when the Orange Glen gamers have been strolling over to the Coronado gamers for the normal post-game handshake.

“The pinnacle coach and the assistant coach came to visit to our bench and sort of stated some phrases that have been inappropriate and instructed us that we must always take our youngsters and ‘get the F out’ as a result of we have been a bunch of losers,” Reynoso instructed NBC San Diego.

Shortly after, a few of the Coronado gamers have been seen hurling tortillas towards the Orange Glen workforce.

“It’s racist and it was deliberate,” Andres Rivera, the daddy of an Orange Glen participant, instructed the station.

Coronado Police instructed NBC San Diego that the male grownup who introduced the tortillas has been recognized however the incident stays underneath investigation.

HuffPost reached out to the Coronado Unified Faculty District and the San Diego chapter of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), the state’s governing physique for highschool sports activities, for remark, however calls weren’t instantly returned.

The college’s superintendent, Karl Mueller, did launch a press release saying, partly, that “swift motion can be taken to deal with all these concerned, and they are going to be held accountable. it’s our hope to create alternatives to dialogue with the orange glen group in an try to restore.”

The Coronado college board additionally despatched a letter of apology to the Escondido Union Excessive Faculty District, which incorporates Orange Glen Excessive Faculty, acknowledging the tortilla tossing was “egregious, demeaning, and disrespectful,” and added, “We absolutely condemn the racism, classism and colorism which fueled the actions of the perpetrators,” based on the Escondido Instances-Advocate.

The San Diego chapter of the CIF launched a press release on Sunday saying it’s reviewing the incident and that the group “prohibits discrimination or any acts which might be disrespectful or demeaning towards a member college, student-athlete, or college group.”

San Diego mayor Todd Gloria (D) additionally condemned the incident, telling Fox 5 San Diego that it proved that “we have plenty of work to do as a group.”

He added: “I simply hope the parents there on the college district take this as a teachable second and work with these younger folks,” Gloria instructed FOX 5. “Assist them perceive this isn’t acceptable and fairly truthfully isn’t going to set them up effectively for achievement.”

Not one of the statements counsel that Coronado is perhaps compelled to forfeit the match.

Nonetheless, Orange Glen basketball participant Christian Martinez stated the actions from the Coronado facet left a nasty style in his mouth.

“For it being my final recreation, I believe it was fairly unhealthy,” Martinez instructed NBC San Diego. “You don’t wish to go down with an ‘L’ but in addition the additional stuff just like the tortillas and all of the smack speaking with the coaches. That was actually disrespectful.” 

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