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Via:  jbb  •  one month ago  •  9 comments

By:   Berry Tramel (The Oklahoman)

Norman girls basketball-racism-national anthem-state tournament
Broadcaster's racist rant shows that Norman girls' kneeling is necessary

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Racists are everywhere. Maybe we all didn't know that a year ago. Maybe we thought the racists had been diminished, scattered to the fringes and dark corners of society.

But no. They're everywhere.

They're in politics and in pulpits. In police forces and armed forces. In business and in barnyards. On school boards and college campuses.

And sometimes they're on the microphone announcing state basketball tournaments.

Not that long ago, we just used the Dixie flag to identify the racists. The idiots who wish they were in the land of cotton could be identified easily.

Now, not so much. Now, we rely on technology, like iPhone videos or live mics.

The latter is what introduced us to the announcing crew at Sapulpa High School on Thursday, apparently working through a Tahlequah-based production company.

One of the announcers took issue with the Norman High School girls basketball team kneeling during the national anthem Thursday in the Class 6A state tournament.

"They're kneeling? (Expletive) (racial slur). I hope Norman gets their ass kicked," the announcer says.

The good news, such as it is, is that the Tigers beat Midwest City 53-40, avoiding getting its ass kicked. The same cannot be said of the announcer, who identified himself late Friday.

Matt Rowan has been branded, not just for being a racist, but for being un-American. That has to hurt. But protesting protesters is un-American.

And while we're at it, remember that the announcer said those words while "The Star-Spangled Banner" was being played. Talking vile during "the rampart's red glare." Who exactly was disrespecting the flag and the anthem?

"THIS IS WHY THEY KNEEL," tweeted out Norman assistant coach Frankie Parks.

Ironic, don't you think? The need for the very thing they appear to be kneeling for — racial justice and equality — was on display while they were kneeling.

Some have lamented that these Norman girls have had to endure such awful treatment. But I don't know. Teenage girls in Oklahoma brave enough to kneel during the national anthem probably are wise enough to know the sordid tale has its positives. One more racist exposed, and maybe a few more people come to enlightenment.

No one wants to be connected to anything that happened Thursday at Sapulpa High School. The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association contracts with the National Federation of State High School Associations to live stream the basketball championships.

The NFHS Network contracts local production companies to produce the games. Sometimes those companies secure the announcers; sometimes those companies ask the OSSAA for assistance.

I don't know if Rowan's life will be ruined. The best-case scenario would be if he becomes an advocate for change. I know, that's pollyannaish. There are few Damascus Roads.

But the announcer is on the losing side. Five years ago, Colin Kaepernick led a tiny army. America recoiled at his kneeling. His army is not so small anymore, extending all the way to the plains of Oklahoma, fueled not so much by Kaepernick, but the unamericans who protest protesting, who hold dear a piece of cloth and musical notes, instead of the ideals they symbolize.

 


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JBB
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1  seeder  JBB    one month ago

The time for denial is over. Racism is an American problem!

 
 
 
Kavika
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2  Kavika     one month ago
Matt Rowan is identifying himself as the announcer who made the comments Thursday. Rowan explained what he thinks led to the comments, saying in part: “…I suffer type 1 diabetes and during the game my sugar was spiking. While not excusing my remarks, it is not unusual when my sugar spikes that I become disoriented and often say things that are not appropriate as well as hurtful. I do not believe I would have made such horrible statements absent my sugar spiking.”

Ya, right you lying POS.

 
 
 
Ender
PhD Principal
2.1  Ender  replied to  Kavika @2    one month ago

Uh huh. That is a new one on me.

 
 
 
Gordy327
Professor Principal
2.2  Gordy327  replied to  Kavika @2    one month ago
I suffer type 1 diabetes and during the game my sugar was spiking. While not excusing my remarks, it is not unusual when my sugar spikes that I become disoriented and often say things that are not appropriate as well as hurtful. I do not believe I would have made such horrible statements absent my sugar spiking

Wow, that's a weak excuse. It sounds no different than losing inhibitions when one is drunk. The real person then comes out. If he's experiencing disorientation from high blood sugar, then he's going thru ketoacidosis. At that point, he needs to go to the ER. But that begs the question: why isn't he monitoring his blood sugar or eating foods causing a spike if he's a type 1 diabetic?

 
 
 
r.t..b...
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2.2.1  r.t..b...  replied to  Gordy327 @2.2    one month ago

So even if a spike occurred, does that make him say something he does not believe, or does it filter what he keeps hidden in his heart? 

 
 
 
Split Personality
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2.2.2  Split Personality  replied to  r.t..b... @2.2.1    one month ago
or does it filter what he keeps hidden in his heart? 

ding, ding, ding !!!

 
 
 
Gordy327
Professor Principal
2.2.3  Gordy327  replied to  r.t..b... @2.2.1    one month ago

What SP said.

 
 
 
JBB
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3  seeder  JBB    one month ago

256

 
 
 
shona1
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4  shona1    one month ago

Surprised he did not say his words were misinterpreted. That's the other good old stand by...what a pathetic human being.

 
 
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