Mar 14, 2013
Illinois State Championship Marred By Accusations Of Racism

Chicago Tribune

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-03-12/sports/ct-spt-0312-prep-bkb-seton-folo-20130311_1_racial-slurs-mark-weems-harrisburg-coach-randy-smithpeters

Saturday’s Class 2A state final basketball game in which Harrisburg defeated Seton Academy 50-44 was so hostile the IHSA threatened to cancel it at halftime, and four days later hard feelings continue to fester.

Seton assistant coach Art Kimber and some parents from the South Holland school claim that at least one Harrisburg player used racial slurs on the court. Harrisburg administrators deny that and say they are being portrayed unfairly as racists.

Meanwhile, multiple sources said Seton head coach Brandon Thomas, who has been roundly criticized as a poor sport for leading his team off the floor before it could receive the second-place trophy, has been placed on leave as administrators investigate the circumstances around the game.

The IHSA is conducting its own review, keeping an unwelcome spotlight on two schools whose otherwise stellar seasons ended in turbulence.

“I believe that people who don’t know the whole story have made their opinions about our team, our players and the coaches, said Kori Clemons, the mother of Seton junior guard Jaylin Clemons. I believe it’s important that the whole story comes out — that this was bigger than a basketball game and our trophy.”

Kimber and the parents of several Seton players met Monday night to draft a petition in support of Thomas. Kimber said at the meeting that Seton faced racist language almost from the opening tipoff.

Illinois State Championship Marred By Accusations Of Racism

Chicago Tribune

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-03-12/sports/ct-spt-0312-prep-bkb-seton-folo-20130311_1_racial-slurs-mark-weems-harrisburg-coach-randy-smithpeters

Saturday’s Class 2A state final basketball game in which Harrisburg defeated Seton Academy 50-44 was so hostile the IHSA threatened to cancel it at halftime, and four days later hard feelings continue to fester.

Seton assistant coach Art Kimber and some parents from the South Holland school claim that at least one Harrisburg player used racial slurs on the court. Harrisburg administrators deny that and say they are being portrayed unfairly as racists.

Meanwhile, multiple sources said Seton head coach Brandon Thomas, who has been roundly criticized as a poor sport for leading his team off the floor before it could receive the second-place trophy, has been placed on leave as administrators investigate the circumstances around the game.

The IHSA is conducting its own review, keeping an unwelcome spotlight on two schools whose otherwise stellar seasons ended in turbulence.

“I believe that people who don’t know the whole story have made their opinions about our team, our players and the coaches, said Kori Clemons, the mother of Seton junior guard Jaylin Clemons. I believe it’s important that the whole story comes out — that this was bigger than a basketball game and our trophy.”

Kimber and the parents of several Seton players met Monday night to draft a petition in support of Thomas. Kimber said at the meeting that Seton faced racist language almost from the opening tipoff.






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