A high school basketball announcer was caught with a hot microphone making racist comments before a state tournament game being played in Oklahoma.
Before the start of Thursday night’s high school girls basketball game between Norman and Midwest City, the announcer on a live broadcast could be heard calling Norman’s players a racial slur after seeing them kneel during the national anthem, a popular method of protesting racial injustice. . The announcer, who was hired by the Oklahoma High School Activities Association (OSSAA) and called the contest on a broadcast on the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) Network, was later identified as Scott Sapulpa, according to reports from The oklahoman Y The Norman transcription.
(Warning: offensive language in the video below.)
“Are they on their knees? F-ing n-” said the announcer, who couldn’t be seen on camera. “I hope Norman gets his butt kicked … F … fuck them. I hope they lose. Come on, Midwest City. Will they kneel like this? Hell no.”
The NFHS Network issued a statement saying it was “disgusted” by the comments made on the broadcast and “aggressively investigating the incident.”
We have been informed of the hateful and racist comments made during an OSSAA quarterfinal broadcast last night. We fully condemn these acts and are investigating the matter and the individuals involved.
See our attached full statement. pic.twitter.com/c0r0YVhvIC
– NFHS Network (@NFHSNetwork) March 12, 2021
Norman Public Schools Superintendent Nick Migliorino also issued a statement:
Last night, during Norman High School’s girls basketball game against Midwest City at the Oklahoma 6A State Basketball Tournament, the National Federation of Secondary Schools (NFHS) network broadcasters on a live stream made racist and outrageous comments. I hate directed at our student athletes at Norman High. The announcers were hired by OSSAA for the state tournament.
We condemn and will not tolerate the disgusting words and attitudes of these broadcasters. This type of hate speech has no place in our society and we are outraged that it is directed at any human being, and in particular our students.
We fully support our students’ right to free speech 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 overshadowed by the vile and evil words of these individuals. We will do everything in our power to support and uplift our team and all those affected by this incident.
Going forward, NPS will rely solely on our long-time community partner, SportsTalk Media, to broadcast the remainder of the tournament live, as we have full confidence in their proven ability to respectfully support our student athletes.
The Norman High School Twitter account tweeted a message of support for the players on Friday with a photo of faculty members kneeling on a basketball court.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.