An Oklahoma City high school girls basketball team has condemned an announcer for calling the names of several players “disgusting,” KOCO reports.
On Feb. 21, the Crooked Oak High School girls basketball team was set to play Newkirk High School for the district title when the unidentified Newkirk announcer allegedly said the names of some of the Crooked Oak players were “pretty disgusting” during their introduction.
“Now, their names are pretty disgusting, but I’m gonna try to call them out,” the announcer said in a now viral video.
One of the players told KOCO that she was shocked by the comment.
“We’re just kind of, like, ‘What? Did he really just say that?'” the unnamed player said.
Though Crooked Oak went on to win the title, another one of its players said the victory was overshadowed by the announcer’s offensive remark.
“It should be a very big accomplishment, but it’s kind of getting taken away from us by something we had no control over, something as simple as having different names,” she said.
The team further told KOCO that the announcer had even asked for pronunciations and had gone through the names correctly before the incident occurred.
The following day, Newkirk’s public school district superintendent, Brady Barnes, issued an apology on Facebook, adding that he had made the decision to replace the announcer at halftime.
“To the Newkirk and Crooked Oak communities at large, I would like to say that this unfortunate comment does not represent the Newkirk Public Schools or its beliefs,” Barnes said. “We sincerely apologize for any pain or affront our announcer’s comment has caused Crooked Oak players, parents, patrons, and school employees.”
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