In this day and age, you have to be extra careful with what you say, and how and who your’e saying it to. Apparently, there’s still people out there that still have not gotten the memo.
Appalachian State tennis player Spencer Brown was suspended after he told North Carolina A&T tennis player, “At least i know my dad,” during a match, according to The New York Post. Wow! John Wilson IV took to Twitter to share his racist encounter as well as their coach’s response. “During our match today, along with other racist comments, Spencer told me, ‘At least i know my dad.'” The other team’s coach responded with “We have a black guy on our team.”
Spencer’s school got wind of the incident that occurred and immediately issued a statement on Monday apologizing and saying that the player had been suspended indefinitely for the “derogatory and offensive” remarks.
“After yesterday’s men’s tennis match, an Appalachian State student- athlete engaged in behavior that was derogatory and offensive. This student- athlete has been suspended indefinitely from the team, effective immediately, for violating the student- athlete discipline policy. We have reached out to the #NCAT to convey our apologies on behalf of Appalachian athletics and the university for the conduct for this member of the team.”
Later on that day, the university’s athletics department released a statement saying that Coach Bob Lake has also been suspended after further review.
“I am suspending Coach Lake from all coaching duties effective immediately through the next four match. The conduct displayed on Sunday does not reflect the values of our tennis program, department and university,” Doug Gillin, the school athletics director said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.
Hey #NCAT this is Spencer brown, a tennis player at Appalachian state. During our match today, along with other racist comments, Spencer told me, “At least I know my dad.” Their coach responded by saying, “..we have a black guy on our team.”
Black twitter, do ya thing. pic.twitter.com/ZRN61zCU2n
— John Wilson IV (@jpheze) January 29, 2018