Racism has been a part of sports since forever, sadly affecting athletes at all levels. A few weeks ago we learned about a Massachusetts high school football team using anti-Semitic audibles in a game. Now we have a Black football player who was threatened by teammates and humiliated with bananas.
The young boy, a player from Moline High School in Illinois, was shown on video being threatened with having his knees broken unless he sat in a chair placed in a locker with hanging bananas. While in the chair, others could be heard laughing in the video.
According to the Quad City Times, police officials investigated the incident and discussed their findings.
“Detectives have identified all the athletes who were involved in the incident and the circumstances surrounding the video. Those involved are fellow high school football teammates,” said Moline Police Chief Darren Gault. “They are also individuals of both different and similar races to the victim. The students directly involved in the video are all friends.
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