There is something so American about racist slurs at a high school football game.
The competitive aggressiveness that comes with our country’s favorite sport can really bring out the worst in teams and their fans. However, it is just ridiculous that players or fans can get so angry that they become racist, especially at one. kids’ Game of monkey noises To derogatory insults, lately, high school games are those where word n ââis thrown faster than a soccer ball.
Roxbury Prep High School Wolves head coach Willie McGinnis told the Washington post that a fight between his team and the Georgetown Middle High School Royals in a Massachusetts high school game was for racial slurs.
McGinnis said he and his assistant coaches reported insults and harassment aimed at his team by Georgetown players during the Sept. 17 game, according to the Post.
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McGinnis, 32, said the problem started just before half-time, when one of his players told him an opponent called him the n word twice. McGinnis, who is also the dean of students at his school, said he reported the incident to the chief referee and one of his assistants. The referee promised to speak to the Royals, but McGinnis said he was not sure “the gravity of the situation has set in.”
While McGinnis’ players first reported being insulted by racist slurs, the coach said he told them at halftime to respond “using our pads”.
In the second half of the game, McGinnis says more of his students told him Royals players called them racial slurs and compared them to monkeys and monkeys. Apparently, Royals fans have also settled behind their bench, attempting to interact with his players. When one of the assistant coaches told fans to back off, McGinnis said the coach was called the n-word. The parents of the Roxbury Wolves players attempted to form a line between the players on the bench and the crowd.
In the third quarter, a fight broke out between the two teams on the field. When McGinnis and other coaches rushed to break up, he says he heard a Royals player say the n-word. The Post notes that he let the game go on for a while, but the alleged harassment of the opposing team continued, so he decided to withdraw his team.
As Wolves made their way to the locker room, the head coach said he heard n-word chants. The Roxbury Prep Wolves were escorted out of town by Georgetown Police.
Tensions between schools increased in the days following the game as allegations and videos of the brawl circulated on social media. Georgetown residents in a Facebook group accused McGinnis and another coach of removing a Georgetown student from one of the Wolves players and throwing him to the ground. McGinnis told the Post he would neither confirm nor deny that he had done so.
The Post reports that the Georgetown the student body is 93 percent white, while the Preparation of Roxbury the student body is 97% black and latino.
ABC Affiliate WCVB reported that a spokesperson for Roxbury Prep issued a statement calling Friday’s events unacceptable and a worrying Georgetown “lack of response”. âWe call on the Georgetown District to fully cooperate with us in investigating this incident and to take strong action to ensure that something like this does not happen again. Our priority will remain the safety and well-being of our community as we continue to advocate for racial justice, love and respect, âthe statement read.
Carol Jacobs, Georgetown Public Schools Superintendent, says WCVB last week she worked with school officials and the Georgetown Police Department to figure out all the details. She is also considering bringing in an independent investigator.