“Look at these ‘Ns’ taking a knee”

Football players at a Detroit high school faced racial slurs, were spit on, and cursed at as they exited the field. ADULTS in the stands also threw cups, food, and other items at the kids.

It all stemmed from some players from Denby High School who took a knee at the beginning of the game.

Nikolai Vitti, Detroit Public Schools Community District Superintendents said Sunday the school district was withholding any possible disciplinary action pending a review of Saturday’s Division 5 state semifinal football game, which was called off early in the fourth quarter because of excessive personal fouls.

Almont won the game, 36-8, at Walled Lake Central High School.

Detroit Free Press:

Cameraman’s recount of the event:

  • During the National Anthem, he overheard Almont fans saying:
    • “Look at these N-words taking a knee and they don’t even know why they’re doing it.”
  • Called Denby High’s white coaches, “wiggers.”

Coach Godfrey also claimed, “

“They called my student trainer a little monkey and they were saying: ‘Who let them off their leashes?’ ” Godfrey said. ” ‘They need to be on a leash. They never should have been here in the first place.’ ”

A punch was thrown, Godfrey said, after an Almont parent “bumped my player and (the player) bumped him back.” The parent punched the player in the face, before “my players started running to his aid.” 

According to police, no arrests were made. The school district now “looks forward to getting to the bottom of what occurred based on factual evidence to determine the district’s next steps on how to best support our school and its administration, coaches, and students.”

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