Announcer calls basketball team racist slur for kneeling during anthem


Correction/clarification: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the announcer who made racist comments during a girls high school basketball game between Norman (Oklahoma) and Midwest City. The announcer was Matt Rowan.

An announcer for an online broadcast directed highly inflammatory, racist comments toward the Norman (Oklahoma) girls basketball team ahead of its quarterfinal matchup with Midwest City on Thursday at Sapulpa. 

Matt Rowan, the owner and operator of the streaming service OSPN, told The Oklahoman he was the person who made the racially insensitive remarks.

A live microphone caught him making racist comments after members of the Norman girls basketball team kneeled for the national anthem. 

Rowan, while broadcasting on the NFHS Network, can be heard saying, “They’re kneeling? (Expletive) (racial slur). I hope Norman get their ass kicked. (Expletive) them. I hope they lose…

“They’re going to kneel like that? Hell no.”

Rowan apologized Friday and blamed his use of racist language on his blood sugar levels.





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