Christopher D. Kirkpatrick of the TOLEDO BLADE reports that Whitmer High School head basketball coach Bruce Smith, who is white, has recently been accused of making racially abusive statements to players on the Whitmer basketball squad.
According to the complaints and interviews, the coach has referred to some black players as “monkeys” and racially segregated the team on several occasions for practice drills, telling multiracial students they’d have to choose which side to play on.
Mr. Smith has called his accusers a “lynch mob“, but as part of a school investigation he did admit in a June 7 letter to a Washington Schools superintendent that he had referred to his players as “monkeys” and divided up the team by race during practice.
In the June 7 letter to his boss, Mr. Smith described a single incident when he called his players “monkeys,” simply because one of them was hanging on the rim, he said.
In the letter, Mr. Smith admits separating players by various categories, including by race, for “free-throw shooting challenges at the end of practice.”
He wrote: “In the past they have been split by race and it has never been a problem. In fact, we have found that it has been fun for the players - never has it been biased or unfair or demeaning in any way.”
After Smith’s admission, he, “received a verbal reprimand and was told not to separate the players by race, said Nancy Brenton, director of human resources for Washington Local Schools.”
So Smith was investigated by the school and received a reprimand. Case closed.
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