Today in disturbing, racist, sports-related news from the South:
Warren County was fined $500 by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association because boys basketball Coach Malcolm Montgomery removed his team from the floor in last Friday’s overtime game at Van Buren County with more than two minutes left … Warren County has three minority players. Van Buren County has none … After hearing complaints about the slurs, Montgomery became upset about two Van Buren County students wearing a gorilla costume and a banana costume, Childress said. Van Buren County Principal Chris Binkley told Childress the costumes are part of a homecoming tradition and are not meant to be racial.
Van Buren County officials say nothing racist happened. To our readers in Tennessee: What “homecoming tradition” involves a gorilla costume and a banana costume? [Tennessean]
* Why the photo of Penny Hardaway? I was trying to think of the best basketball player to come out of the state of Tennessee, and landed on Hardaway. He’s obviously not involved in this situation in any capacity.