A high school basketball announcer in Oklahoma was busted calling players “f***ing n*****s” for kneeling during the national anthem of an online live stream.
The announcer, who has yet to publicly identified, was reportedly contracted by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association to call the Norman vs Midwest City game during the Oklahoma 6A state basketball tournament Thursday night on behalf of the National Federation of High School (NFHS) Network online stream.
Hey @NFHSNetwork looks like you forgot to cut the Mic!!! "F****** N******" is the one that really got me!! Tell us how you really feel!! THIS IS WHY THEY KNEEL!!!@Migliorino_Nick @tohara_o @NHS_AthDept @gonormantigers pic.twitter.com/mmWQAecLaF
— Frankie Parks (@CoachFParks) March 12, 2021
Via Norman Script
Norman superintendent Dr. Nick Migliorino blasted the “racist and hateful” comments made by the announcer and announced that the Norman Public Schools will use another network to stream their games.
“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.”
Norman players responded to the announcer’s disgusting comments with a post that states “this is why we kneel.”