An announcer for an online broadcast directed highly inflammatory, racist comments toward the Norman girls basketball team just because he did not like the players kneeling during the National Anthem.
The announcer can be heard saying, “They’re kneeling? (Expletive) (racial slur). I hope Norman get their ass kicked. (Expletive) them. I hope they lose…
“They’re going to kneel like that? Hell no.”
NFL stars like Kenny Stills and Gerald McCoy have since taken to Twitter to speak out on the incident.
“Amerikkka,” Stills tweeted Friday morning … while McCoy added, “See why we do it!?! They still think it’s about the flag.”
Norman Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Nick Migliorino released a statement, saying:
“Last night during the Norman High School girls’ basketball game versus Midwest City in the Oklahoma 6A State Basketball Tournament, National Federation of High School (NFHS) Network announcers on a live stream broadcast made racist and hateful comments targeted at our Norman High student athletes. The announcers were contracted by OSSAA for the state tournament.
“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.”