A student athlete at Appalachian State University in North Carolina has been kicked off the tennis team after he made an inflammatory racial comment directed toward his opponent during a match over the weekend.
App State freshman Spencer Brown was called out on Twitter by North Carolina A&T player John Wilson IV on Twitter for allegedly embarking on a racial tirade as they squared off against each other, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.
“Hey #NCAT this is Spencer brown, a tennis player at Appalachian state,” Wilson posted, appending a photo of the offender. “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,’” he added.
App State responded to the allegation in a statement Monday morning confirming that Brown, who was a four-star recruit out of high school, had been suspended indefinitely.
“After yesterday’s men’s tennis match, an Appalachian State student-athlete engaged in behavior that was derogatory and offensive,” the statement said. “This student-athlete has been suspended indefinitely from the team, effective immediately, for violating the student-athlete discipline policy.”
The school’s athletics director Doug Gillin launched an investigation into the matter as soon as he was made aware of the incident on Sunday evening. It wasn’t long before he concluded that App State would need to take swift and immediate punitive action.
“There was a lot of people there that we’re still trying to figure out who was there and who saw or heard what,” Gillin said. “But it didn’t take us long to know that this student-athlete of ours made this statement and therefore, we acted immediately.”