Passengers Gave Away Their Blankets. Things Got Crazy

2 black professional basketball players were accused of theft, kicked off plane in Dallas
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 27, 2017 10:05 AM CST
American Sorry It Accused Athletes of Stealing Blankets
The American Airlines logo on top of the American Airlines Center.   (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

American Airlines has apologized to two black professional basketball players who were kicked off a plane in Dallas after a flight attendant accused them of stealing blankets. Airline spokesman Joshua Freed said Tuesday that Memphis Hustle guard Marquis Teague and forward Trahson Burrell boarded the flight bound for Sioux Falls, SD, on Sunday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, reports the AP. Two first-class passengers gave the players their blankets as they headed to their seats in coach. But a black flight attendant accused them of theft and forced them off the plane.

Freed says an airline manager apologized to the players and that they later flew first class to Sioux Falls, but the Undefeated reports they didn't arrive in time to make their team holiday dinner. CEO Doug Parker told employees last month that American Airlines will implement implicit-bias training.

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