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Basketball Announcer on Girls' Names: 'Disgusting'

He was removed at halftime, and superintendent has issued public apology
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2020 12:21 PM CST

(Newser) – "Now, their names are pretty disgusting, but I'm gonna try to call them out." Probably not what you'd expect to hear from the announcer at a high school girls' basketball game, and yet here we are. The Newkirk Public Schools announcer, whose name has not been released by the district, was removed from his duties at halftime following the incident before Friday night's game between Newkirk and Crooked Oak in Oklahoma, News 9 reports. He was announcing the Crooked Oak names when he made his comment (despite having reportedly gone over the visiting team's names and pronunciations with their coach multiple times before the game), which was captured in a video that has since gone viral. More details:

  • Did it have an effect? "It made me feel very uncomfortable and I really didn’t want to play,” Crooked Oak player Jaiana Wiggins says. But the team not only played, they won, taking home their school's first district championship in more than two decades. "It should be a very big accomplishment, but it's kind of getting taken away from us by something we had no control over, something as simple as having different names," one of the players tells WOCO.

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