Former NFL defensive back Ryan Clark spoke out about his son, Jordan, being called a racial slur at a Whataburger in Arizona recently and it had him drenched in tears.
Appearing on Friday’s Get Up, Clark said his son has “faced racism and he’s heard the word, but it never affected him in this way”:
“I’m playing out a scenario of if this woman would’ve had a weapon and she could easily say that these 3 young black men were threatening her … I believe that if that woman pulls a gun on those young men and that woman pulls the trigger, I believe that she’s never punished,” Clark says.
“I believe that justice is never served. And, even if justice is served, it’s not enough to bring my son back.”
“This isn’t just a fear for me every day, this has been a fear for black people forever.”
“If something would have happened to him, it would have broke me,” Clark says. “So for me, I have to do a better job of educating him, and I have to protect him.”
“I know it’s getting better, but it’s not better yet, better for everybody.”
The sophomore defensive back at Arizona State described how a White woman directed the n-word towards him and his friends shortly after they asked her to purchase food for them because the dining area was already closed.
Whataburger has since released a statement on the incident … saying, “We do not tolerate racism and were horrified to hear how these customers were treated by another customer.”
“We are reinforcing training with our employee on how this incident was handled and apologized to the players and their families for this terrible experience.”