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A Cincinnati youth basketball league team had some incredibly racist jerseys

12 January 2018

Tony Rue, a parent of a player on an opposing team, finally drew attention to the matter when he posted images to Facebook of players from Kings Mills, Ohio, sporting jerseys for "The Wet Dream Team" with names on the back that included "Knee Grow" and "Coon". After Rue had done some fantastic investigative journalism on his own (good work), he went public with what he found only a few days ago, and the story has caught fire. This was three weeks after the Kings Mills team from West Clermont debuted its problematic shirts.

A spokeswoman for the Kings Local School District said she could not confirm whether students would be disciplined due to privacy laws.

A high school recreational league basketball team has been banned from play after several players placed racially charged and sexually explicit words and phrases on their jerseys.

"I couldn't have made this up and had anyone believe me; I couldn't have", Rue told News 5 Cleveland.

DiTullio also said the game was marred by excessive physicality and insults from "The Wet Dream Team" and its fans. It's bad enough that anyone of any age thought this was amusing or clever, but it's worse that no one stopped them before it reached this stage.

"This is a teachable moment for them to understand how these words are hurtful", Joe Mallory, the first VP of the Cincinnati NAACP said.

On Monday, one day after the uproar, Cincinnati Recreational League announced that the team had been kicked out. This team has been restricted from any further use of district facilities. "We strictly follow and support the rules set out by [Cincinnati Premier Youth Basketball League] and fully support their decision to remove the team from play as well".

Whatever happens, it would be fitting if the adults associated with the team that thought it was OK for the players to wear these jerseys are punished as well.

"Kings Local Schools strongly condemns any type of hateful and racist commentary".

'We sincerely apologize to anyone that was offended by the jerseys, ' the coach said in a statement via Kings Rec. "We offered to cover them up or change, however the league saw fit to remove us and we have accepted that decision". "This behavior is in no way welcome or tolerated in our schools and community", Dawn Gould, community relations coordinator said. The community learned an important lesson, albeit the hard way, about the need to better inform our children on bigotry and other insensitive actions they should avoid being part of.

A Cincinnati youth basketball league team had some incredibly racist jerseys