A basketball team east of Cincinnati thought it was a smart idea to have obviously racist names on their team jerseys.
“Tony Rue attended a game at West Clermont Middle School on Sunday to watch the Kings recreational basketball league, which includes players from grades 7-12. He was surprised to see a team named “Wet Dream Team,” but some of the players also had names like “Knee Grow” and “Coon” on the backs of their jerseys. Rue couldn’t believe that no adult thought any of this was inappropriate before Sunday’s game.
“I couldn’t have made this up and had anyone believe me; I couldn’t have,” Rue told News 5 Cleveland. “You’re talking eight, nine layers of people and adults seeing these jerseys and thinking it’s just a joke.”
Joe Mallory, vice president of the Cincinnati NAACP, told the news site that his organization is investigating and wants to sit down with the league to find out how this happened.
“Kings rec basketball for grades 7-12 does not in any way support or condone the uniform infractions that occurred,” Kings division coordinator Charrise Middleton said, noting that the team was removed as soon as she learned about the offensive uniforms. “We strictly follow and support the rules set out by [Cincinnati Premier Youth Basketball League] and fully support their decision to remove the team from play as well.”
Of course the team issued a weak apology. Read it at the Root.