App State Suspends Tennis Coach, Player After Alleged Racism Towards A&T Player

Henrietta Strickland
January 31, 2018

Appalachian State University has suspended a freshman tennis player and his coach after "derogatory and offensive" behavior was displayed at a match against a North Carolina A&T State athlete. "The conduct displayed on Sunday does not reflect the values of our tennis program, department and university". The university said Brown has been suspended indefinitely.

'Hey #NCAT, this is Spencer brown, a tennis player at Appalachian state, ' he tweeted on Sunday night. "During our match today, along with other racist comments, Spencer told me, 'At least I know my dad.' Their coach responded by saying, '.we have a black guy on our team, '" Wilson, who is also A&T's senior class president, wrote. A recording heard on a call to Appalachian State's men's tennis coach said his number was disconnected.

"I am suspending Coach Lake from all coaching duties effective immediately through the next four match", Doug Gillin, the school athletics director, said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. "But it didn't take us long to know that this student-athlete of ours made this statement and therefore, we acted immediately", Gillin said.

After a short investigation, Appalachian State announced Brown's suspension.

And Wilson made sure to attach a photo of Brown to his tweet, which ended with "Black Twitter, do ya thing", as spotted by the New York Daily News.

A school spokeswoman says there'll be no additional comment.

Update: Even though I have yet to be reached out personally from the administration of Appalachian State.

A Black college tennis player was on the receiving end of racist comments being hurled his way by his white opponent over the weekend.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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