During a Norman High School girls’ basketball game against Midwest City on Thursday in the Oklahoma 6A State Basketball Tournament, a basketball announcer on a livestream broadcast made racist and hateful comments targeted at Norman High student-athletes because they kneeled during the playing of the National Anthem.
In the video, the announcers were caught on a hot mic and could be heard calling players a racial slur as they were kneeling during the national anthem.
“They’re kneeling? Fucking n—–s. I hope Norman gets their ass kicked. F* them. I hope they lose. They’re gonna kneel like that?”
Fox Sports host Jy taylor took to Twitter and gave her two cents about the situation.
“This is how they truly feel. They always show who they really are.”
“Meanwhile these stupid racists clowns are talking and cursing during the National Anthem. It’s not about the flag, it’s not about the military, it’s not about patriotism…it has and always will be about racists not wanting change or expression.”
Norman Public Schools District Superintendent Nick Migliorino issued the following statement:
“We condemn and will not tolerate the disgusting words and attitudes of these announcers. This type of hate speech has no place in our society and we are outraged that it would be directed at any human being, and particularly at our students.
“We fully support our students’ right to freedom of expression and our immediate focus is to support these girls and their coaches and families, particularly our Black students and coaching staff. It is tragic that the hard work and skill of this team is being overshadowed by the vile, malignant words of these individuals. We will do everything in our power to support and uplift our team and everyone affected by this incident.
“Moving forward NPS will rely only on our long-standing, community partner SportsTalk Media to live stream the remainder of the tournament, as we have full confidence in their proven ability to respectfully support our student-athletes.”