Appalachian State Tennis Player Suspended After Derogatory Comment To Black Opponent

An Appalachian State tennis player has found himself in hot water after allegedly directing a derogatory comment at a black opponent during a recent match.

According to North Carolina A&T senior John Wilson IV, App State freshman Spencer Brown made a racist comment as the two were playing.

Wilson took to Twitter to accuse Brown of saying “At least I know my dad.”

Hey #NCAT this is Spencer brown, a tennis player at Appalachian state. During our match today, along with other racist comments, Spencer told me, “At least I know my dad.” Their coach responded by saying, “..we have a black guy on our team.”

Black twitter, do ya thing.

— John Wilson IV (@jpheze) January 29, 2018

Appalachian State has since suspended Brown from the team.

“After yesterday’s men’s tennis match, an Appalachian State student-athlete engaged in behavior that was derogatory and offensive,” the release said. “This student-athlete has been suspended indefinitely from the team, effective immediately, for violating the student-athlete discipline policy.” 

Mountaineer head coach Bob Lake was also suspended for four games for comments of his own.

“Appalachian State Athletics is wholeheartedly dedicated to the university’s commitment to diversity of thought, belief and community. Based on our review of the incident that took place after the men’s tennis match on January 28, I am suspending Coach Lake from all coaching duties effective immediately through the next four matches. The conduct displayed on Sunday does not reflect the values of our tennis program, department and university,” the statement read.

Appalachian State returns to action on Friday against North Carolina Central.

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