Basketball Team Banned for Racist Jerseys
In what should have been a friendly match between two youth basketball teams, things took a dark turn before the game even started. The Kings High team from the Cincinnati Premier Youth Basketball League hit the gym sporting jerseys that had their team name as the "Wet Dream Team," and their players had racist fake last names on the back of their jerseys.
One of the parents in the stands snapped photos of the deplorable display of sexism, racism and pure insensitivity which he posted to Facebook. Some of the jerseys read things such as 'Coon' and 'Knee Grow' as the player's names. The parent who took to Facebook, Tony Rue, said many in the stands were offended and he cannot even fathom how things like these were drawn up by the players, approved by the coaches and even the printers. At any point along the way, something so wrong could have and should have been stopped in its tracks. But it wasn't, and now there are consequences.
The extent of the consequences will undoubtedly continue to grow. The league has banned the team for at least the remainder of the season.
Rue said that he could not believe his eyes and something like this just can't even be made up. He was taken aback that eight or nine different layers of people and adults would have known about these jerseys and they seemingly thought it was just a joke.
League officials, school district administration, and even the actual team's management were quick to denounce the team's actions sending out multiple statements. The statements pretty much said what you would expect any organization caught in a scandal of this magnitude. The league stated that upon learning of this incident that the team was immediately removed from the league. The team itself said that it does not support or condone what happened and that hey supported the league's decision to remove them from the league.
The coach would not comment himself, instead, he made a statement through a spokesperson saying that 'they' sincerely apologized to anyone offended by the jerseys. They offered to cover the jerseys up or change them altogether, and the league saw it fit to remove the team from the league, let alone continue the basketball game.
As for the father who took to Facebook to expose the incident publicly, he says that at the very least he hopes this will be a learning opportunity for everyone involved. Rue feels that if anything good is going to come out of this debacle, then it would be sparking conversation instead of covering things up.