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Black teens shocked after basketball announcer calls their names ‘disgusting’

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A longtime announcer at high-school basketball games in Oklahoma sparked outrage last week when he said that black players on the Crooked Oak High School lady’s basketball team had “disgusting” names.

Local news station KFOR reports that the announcer made the remarks during a game between Crooked Oak and rival Newkirk High School on Friday.

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In a video taken at the game, the announcer can be heard saying, “The Crooked Oak Lady Ruff Necks, now their names are pretty disgusting.”

A friend of the announcer tells KFOR that he meant to say that the women’s names were “difficult” to pronounce and didn’t mean to call them disgusting.

Nonetheless, many players on the team were shocked at what they heard.

“We all looked at each other like, did he just say, is that real?” Crooked Oak player Iyana Freeman tells KFOR. “Like did he really just say that?”

Parent Tremekkia White, meanwhile, says she wasn’t buying the announcer’s explanation because he never corrected himself.

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“He never paused. He never said, ‘Oh, I’m sorry, I meant difficult, my apologies ladies,'” she tells KFOR.

Newkirk Public Schools Superintendent Brady Barnes issued an apology on behalf of the district.

“To the Newkirk and Crooked Oak communities at large, I would like to say that this unfortunate comment does not represent the Newkirk Public Schools or its beliefs,” he said. “We sincerely apologize for any pain or affront our announcer’s comment has caused Crooked Oak players, parents, patrons, and school employees.”

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On Thursday, appearing on the Slate radio show "The Gist" with Mike Pesca, journalist Catherine Stewart outlined some of the ways the Christian Right is responsible for the federal government's disastrous response to coronavirus.

"The coronavirus pandemic is real wrath-of-God type stuff, isn't it?" said Pesca. "Well, there are some people who are waiting for this, who are ready for this, and who, quite scarily, have been tasked with the response."

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Trump expected to tell all Americans to wear cloth masks in public: report

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