High school sports announcer caught calling girls’ basketball team racial slur as players kneel during anthem

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailClay Horning/The TranscriptBY: MEREDITH DELISO, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — An Oklahoma sports announcer was captured during a livestream directing racial slurs and expletives toward members of a girls’ high school basketball team who were kneeling during the national anthem.The racist comments came shortly after Norman High basketball players knelt during the playing of the national anthem before a quarterfinal state tournament game against Midwest City at Sapulpa High School in Sapulpa, Oklahoma.“F— them, I hope they lose,” one of the announcers can be heard saying, apparently not realizing his microphone was audible on the live broadcast. “They’re going to kneel like that? Hell no.”“F—— n——,” the announcer later says toward the end of the anthem.Footage capturing the remarks during the online broadcast of the game on the NFHS Network was shared on Twitter Friday morning.The outcry — and fallout — was immediate.“We condemn and will not tolerate the disgusting words and attitudes of these announcers,” Norman Superintendent Nick Migliorino said in a statement. “This type of hate speech has no place in our society and we are outraged that it would be directed at any human being, and particularly at our students.”Migliorino said the school will no longer use the NFHS Network to stream the tournament.The Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association contracted the broadcast crew to announce the state tournament on the NFHS Network. The association said the crew will not be doing any games for the remainder of its championships.“This kind of behavior will never be tolerated by anyone representing the NFHS or OSSAA,” OSSAA Executive Director David Jackson said in a statement. “State tournament playoffs are a special time for our schools, their students, and their communities, and anything that is counter-productive to education-based activities will be addressed immediately and appropriately.”The NFHS Network, which also cut ties with the production crew, apologized for the remarks.“The thoughts expressed in no way represent our network, and we are outraged that they found their way into the production,” the network said in a statement. “The NFHS Network firmly condemns racism, hate and discrimination. We also deeply apologize to the students, their families, and the entire community for having such ignorant and hurtful comments expressed during the broadcast.”As news of the comments spread Friday, others in the Oklahoma community reacted. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister called them “sickening and vile,” and Norman Mayor Breea Clark said she was “livid and absolutely disgusted.”“These young athletes were simply expressing themselves as hundreds of professional athletes around the nation have done, and no one, let alone a child, deserves to experience this kind of racist and toxic behavior,” said Clark, who announced plans to hold a town hall with the youth of Norman “so we can learn how this incident has impacted them and hear directly from our kids how we can improve our community going forward.”The mayor called on OSSAA to end its contract with the NFHS Network.The announcer released a statement to several local news outlets, including The Norman Transcript and The Frontier, apologizing for his racist remarks — which he blamed on being a Type 1 diabetic and “spiking” blood sugar levels.ABC News has reached out to the announcer for comment.Norman went on to beat Midwest City, 53-40, Thursday. During Friday’s semifinals against Tulsa Union at Sapulpa, both teams knelt, The Oklahoman reported. Norman advanced to the finals with a win Friday.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund Written bycenter_img March 13, 2021 /Sports News – National High school sports announcer caught calling girls’ basketball team racial slur as players kneel during anthemlast_img read more

Royal Jelly Jive ‘Stand Up’ On Their Newest Release And Groove Into The Future

first_imgRoyal Jelly Jive have forged a unique and entrancing sound that draws upon musical elements from across modern music history to create their newest release, Stand Up. With everything from slow jazz, ragtime, beat poetry, Americana flavored rock all guided by a steady, song craft focused writing philosophy each track gains a life and identity while remaining part of the band’s whole. Though the band itself is only three years old, their rich blend of styles and the ease in which they have created their own distinct flavor shows a deep group understanding of both theory and commitment to a shared purpose percolating behind their stage smiles is a truly impressive accomplishment.Stand Up‘s opening track, Bad, is a down tempo funk tune that grooves and pops with sparse production and guitar and horn stings that add color and credence to singer Lauren Michelle Bjelde breathy, jazzy vocals to perfect effect. Bjelde’s remarkable voice manages to be brash and vulnerable at once, with a sassy sexuality continually informing each syllable. The second track finds her pipes put to the test in an homage to the eccentric, gruff voiced modern day troubadour Tom Waits in a musical open letter entitled ‘Dear Mr. Waits.” Managing to match the spirit of the legendary stylist without outright imitation is a difficult task, but one the band playfully manages with charm to spare. Check out the track below:“Dear Mr. Waits”Showcasing Beljde’s breathy delivery on the opening piano introduction of “Elixir,” the band quickly morphs into a rave up that must surely bring down the house live. Songs like “When I’m With You” and “Oh Roger” could have easily been released in the twenties and done well for themselves, while “Railroad Tracks” and “Top Hat” embrace the rock and soul of fifties and sixties. On the track “Story,” Royal Jelly Jive is stripped down to its most naked, with only an echo effect to add dimension to an otherwise completely straight jazz-blues smouldering number that speaks to both the heart and the hips in equal volume. Guitarist Marty O’Reilly swings by to add a male counterpoint to the vocals, turning a lonesome ode into a testimony to a shared love.Listen to their collaboration below.“Story”A second tribute to the esteemed Mr. Waits comes by way of an unexpected and delightful reworking of the Primus song “Tommy The Cat” that Waits had added a spectacular spoken word section. It bubbles and cruises along with a completely original score that nods at the original before going in a completely different direction to a most satisfying effect. Bjelde’s voice seems fitted for the black and white smoky film noir settings that served as the inspiration for the Jack Nicholson homage Chinatown, which serves as both the title and subject matter of one of the tunes on the disc. Ending on a wistful note, the simplicity of production and sheer honesty of the piece elevates it into a true moment of connection that all bands should aspire to create with their listeners.Fans of jazz, smokey piano bars and sensual songstresses alike should find themselves in love with this album, but they won’t be alone. Though it is steeped in a old-timey style it is also strangely accessible to all audiences. Royal Jelly Jive might not fill arenas but they will certainly fill hearts with warmth and minds with lascivious thoughts with their slightly surreal sound. They’ll be holding a special album release party at The Independent in San Francisco on June 24th, and it’s sure to be a sell out crowd ready to wish their home town band luck on the tour to follow.  Catch them if you can!last_img read more

NCUA bans six former credit union employees

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Six former credit union employees, including two CEOs, a commercial services manager, a teller and a senior member service representative were banned from participating in the affairs of a federally insured financial institution, according to a prepared statement Friday from the NCUA.Karen Schenck, the former president/CEO of the $4.6 million Corry Area Federal Credit Union in Corry, Pa., pleaded guilty to embezzlement. She was sentenced in May to two years in prison, and five years of supervised release. Schenck was also ordered to pay $741,362 in restitution.Theresa J. Blageo, the former president/CEO of the $2.5 million Eaton Employees Credit Union in Eden Prairie, Minn., consented to a prohibition order and agreed to comply with all of its terms to settle the NCUA’s claims against her, which were not specified by the federal agency. Although Blageo was not convicted of any crime, federal court records show she declared Chapter 13 bankruptcy along with her husband in December 2009 while she was president/CEO of the credit union. They had more than $600,000 in debts, according to court records.  The bankruptcy case was discharged in April 2015. Blageo, who became the CEO in September 2002, left the credit union in January 2016.Allison M. Bushart, a former teller at the $5.6 billion Patelco Credit Union in Pleasanton, Calif., who stole from senior citizens, including a few who had dementia, pleaded guilty to embezzlement and submitting a false federal tax return. Bushart was sentenced to two years and seven months in prison in March and three years of supervised release. She was also ordered to pay $521,661 in restitution.last_img read more

St. Louis School Installs “Buddy Bench”

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — St. Louis school recently added a Buddy Bench.The Buddy Bench is designed for students during recess.If a student is sitting on the Buddy Bench it means they want to join and play with another group, or it can be a signal that the child is feeling sad or alone and wants someone to sit next to him or her and strike up a conversation.Other students will notice and then go ask them to play.last_img