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Kentucky High School “Racism in Basketball” Story Gaining National Traction

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Recently, Cal’s picked up the recruiting heat on guard Emmanuel Owootoah, who has a name that would just be a blast to chant at Rupp.  However, Owootoah and his classmate, both transfer students from Canada currently playing in Cordia, KY, have had to deal with the ugly side of basketball over the last couple weeks.

No, not agents or AAU.  Rather, flat-out racism and rage fueled hate mongering, which is giving the state an awful name.  Something that was only a local story on Lex 18 a couple days ago has now caught the attention of national media members, and if it continues, it’s only a matter of time before this handful of clowns make the entire state look even worse than some people already perceive it.

Adam Zagoria, New York-based basketball  and Big East blogger, mentioned it in his blog the other day.  Jeff Borzello, writer for CBS Sports, acknowledged it in a tweet.

The two boys have been subjected to not just harsh chants, but other harassment as well; and not all of it based strictly on nationality.  The principal of this school is in a hard spot, no question, but so far hasn’t done anything to reprimand those responsible for chants of “USA-USA,” which by themselves aren’t bad.  Paired with sending images of a Canadian flag with a noose edited in, though, the “patriotic” chant no longer seems so wholesome.  The guardians for Owootoah and his teammate, Marlon King, have reported multiple attacks, and gunshots fired at their door.

This situation puts the principal in a hard spot, no question, but so far his current strategy of “doing nothing” doesn’t seem to be winning him much favor.

If this is Owootoah’s experience with Kentucky, why in the world would he want to stay in the state for college?  And even more than being a recruiting disadvantage, this is just an example of how boneheaded some folks can be.  Hopefully the situation is handled better going forward than it has been to this point.

Article written by Corey Nichols

155 Comments for Kentucky High School “Racism in Basketball” Story Gaining National Traction



  1. stupid
    9:10 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    the people responsible for this should be drawn out and beaten. publically.



  2. Andrew
    9:10 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Unfortunately, the FDA has not approved a pill that will cure this type of ignorance.



  3. daytoncat
    9:13 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Corey, thanks for bringing attention to this issue, but it seems inappropriate to focus on how this will affect recruiting and the image of the state. Let’s take our eyes off ourselves and look to help these kids and others affected by racism.



  4. SteveA
    9:13 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Am I missing something here. How is this racism? Tacky, bad, distastefull but “racism”… Is Canadian a race now.



  5. Big Mike In The Wood
    9:14 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Wouldn’t that be Nationalism not Racism. Well unless they believe Americans are genetically different than their maple syrup producing brothers to the north.



  6. theSkinny81
    9:14 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    My question is: does this put the principal in a hard spot?



  7. schwing
    9:16 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    2, no pill but there is always sterilization. and abortion when that fails. Some people just should not be allowed to reproduce? why is it even a controversy?



  8. Ryan
    9:18 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    4….good point. They are calling it racism bc the same USA chants happened in Texas after a predominantly white team beat an all Hispanic team……implying they were in the USA illegally. This was national news about a month ago and I imagine this is a follow up to that story.



  9. SteveA
    9:19 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    The Olympics must be a racist event then, right.



  10. daytoncat
    9:20 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    There is often very little difference between racism and nationalism for many folks.



  11. SteveA
    9:21 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    10. unfortunatly true



  12. Hmmm....
    9:22 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    And people especially the media are so simple minded they can not distinguish any differences between the 2 scenarios. People chant USA and people said it was racist the 1st time so it must be racism this time. Although this time it is factual. Tacky and distasteful yes…..racism….I guess for each person to decide. Sounds like Nationalism to me.



  13. buzzard
    9:22 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    4 – It’s the noose that makes it racism.



  14. Jen
    9:23 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah, those “USA” chants are bad. Have you paid attention to our foreign policies for the last century?



  15. RUPPS_rhetoric
    9:23 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    I take two things from this:

    1) Eastern Kentucky takes issue with Canada; at least until Andrew Wiggins signs. If he doesn’t sign, that hatred will certainly escalate. I’m sure E. Ky was a fan of the Maple Leaf during the Jamaal Magliore years. But then we had Bernard Cote, followed by Sherray Thomas. Kinda makes sense.

    2) The principal is in a hard spot.

    All joking aside it appears that maybe some ignorant fans are masking racism with Nationalism because hating Canada doesn’t seem nearly as bad as hating black people. But ultimately this is racism shrouded in the veil of a Canadian flag. A shame for our state. Hope these kids stay safe.



  16. Chicago Chris
    9:23 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    THE NOOSE. THE NOOSE. THE NOOSE. Come on! And this is why nothing will change.



  17. Karen
    9:23 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Doesn’t matter what we call it – it’s WRONG! And, sad that its happening in the best state in the USA. Aren’t we waging campaigns against bullying? This is bullying on steroids. To all involved: please stop!



  18. jhnny
    9:23 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Wait- certain students posted on facebook a picture of the Canadian flag and a noose and the Principle does nothing? What exactly is he waiting for? The student who posted that on his facebook page, at the very least, should be suspended. There should also at least be a school assembly to discuss why these students are embarrassing all of us who live in Kentucky.

    And #4, #5- it became racist when the students involved are black, from Canada, and someone posted a Canadian flag with a noose. Everyone understands what that refers to- and that is racism at its very worse. What are you waiting for? A burning cross in their front yard draped in Canadian flags? Please.

    I might also add- if people still feel it has nothing to do with the race of these students, since when did anyone ever think anything bad about the Canadians? They are, and have been, US’s best neighbor and ally for years and years.



  19. Hartline
    9:25 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Not that this matters but is chanting USA really racist? Im sure these kids just thought it would be funny. I know UK fans who cheer USA at Gorgui but its not meant in a distasteful way. Honestly if they wanted be mean they would have said something more clever. The ONLY reason this is a story is so writers in the North can write about how racist Kentucky is. If you want to speak about people who think they are superior then others look no further.

    Was it wronf what they did? Sure. But they are kids. And now we as a country are wingle handedly trying to ruin their lives for one mistake.



  20. Chicago Chris
    9:26 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Attacks? Gunshots fires at the door? It has to be more than “Well, I don’t agree with that” — it has to be a concerted effort to police your own. To ostracize and in some cases arrest those who do it.



  21. UK#1
    9:26 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Good grief. This is all we need now. This will be blowed out of the water. This has nothing to do with UK tho right. Just the high school.



  22. Chicago Chris
    9:26 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Are people here not reading the whole article? It’s not about the USA chants.



  23. rick
    9:27 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    This sounds bad and is, but Corey you and the other guys that have jumped on this just remember all the shootings and killings that have happened lately in other states. I know this is bad but dont act like KY is the only place this happens.



  24. Bob Sugar
    9:27 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    A recruit from another country is always suspicious– get off your high
    horse



  25. Walter sobchak
    9:28 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    How is this not racism? I guarantee they are the only black people playing for either of these teams. It’s eastern Kentucky. Who cares about the USA chants? It’s the noose, GUN SHOTS, etc that are the issue here. It is absolutely racism and it is embarassing for the state of Kentucky.



  26. Kygolfkat
    9:29 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    The school Board need to step up and end this now!!!!!



  27. Really
    9:30 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    If you guys would quit being so quick to call foul racism, you may have read the entire post. It states that not all of it is based on nationalism. I dont think anyone is shooting at their door because they are Canadian, but there have been violent racial attacks in the past. We are not the most tolerant state. The comment sections on this site show that.

    This whole “Why do black guys have to always make it a bout race?” statement is getting pretty old. People do not forget the horrible atrocities that were committed 50 and 60 years ago that easily, and we shouldn’t. Things like this wouldn’t happen if we just confronted our past as a nation and actually did something about fools who do things such as this.

    PS. I am white.



  28. Of course!
    9:30 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    If you’ve not been to Eastern KY, you should. You will know what racism actually is. These morons will never change and take racism to their grave. Hope at least their offspring will turn out better.



  29. Jen
    9:31 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    For those saying this is jingoism, which is idiotic enough, but the TV news story on the zagsblog link did show a racist posting on one of the player’s facebook page. In any event better Kentuckians should right now be going out of their way to counteract this stupidity by making those two kids feel welcome. I have a feeling they will.



  30. M. Hamilton
    9:32 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    How is UK responsible for every dumb thing a high school kid does in the state?



  31. Kevin C.
    9:32 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Wow…the Olympics is just one big racist event I suppose. 0_o

    Calling this “racism” is beyond stupid.



  32. Bob Suger
    9:33 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    I like to touch donkey balls. with my tongue.



  33. SMH
    9:33 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    No winner in this. Once heard a 14th region coach (Cordia and Knott County’s region)say the one thing he never expected as a coach was to have to recruit his OWN players after each season. Players move in/out and within this region all the time and while it causes anger (and sometimes hatred), it usually involves those of a fairer skin tone. If Rodrick Rhodes brought players to Cordia, regardless of skin tone, that couldn’t play it wouldn’t be as big of a deal. There would no doubt still be the few who spoke out and gave the area a confirmation for the stereotype, and that is reprehensible without question. But his players are good (still not expected to win region), and some people of the area think they’re own transferred players are being wronged and robbed of a chance to go to the Sweet 16, where no 14th region team has won the title since the 50s.



  34. Courtney
    9:33 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    This bullying from these kids is what causes the violence that ensues in school shootings, if they want children to quit killing one another then they need to start holding them responsible. The fact that you can no longer spank a child without going to jail is the reason we are all in this mess in the first place. Children need to be told their actions have consequences, those shooting at these kids, and the obligatory signs of racism they are encountering all stem from what they learn at home. We need to find a way to get the police department in that town or even a State trooper to take these kids to a correctional facility where they may learn to respect their peers.



  35. Shane
    9:34 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Multiple attacks?????????? A mailbox was broken.

    Gunshots fired?????????? A bb gun was fired and broke a patio glass door at a residence that neither basketball player lived at.

    You need to get your facts straight. Seems to me that you are fanning the flames.



  36. Travis m
    9:35 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    25…Walter, sounds like you are applying the same prejudice to accuse the people involved stating they are from eastern Kentucky. You may not be wrong, but thought I would point out your hypocrisy bc reading your post I just laughed to myself.



  37. Really
    9:37 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    10.) This is a national story that actually started in Lexington. If you havent noticed it is not the civil war anymore. It is not the North and South. There is a midwest, west, northwest, etc.

    Also, we think we are better than every basketball team bc of our past, and we feel like we are entitled. When those northern states have better students, more money, better health, a more worldy view, etc. it is kinda hard for them to not think we are backwards.

    I am from KY and I think this state is the greatest, but sometimes we are too prideful to look at our own faults and change.



  38. Ben
    9:38 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    This is not limited to Kentucky! It is a very small fraction of society today and exists in all states! It should not be tolerated in any situation. It is hard to punish those responsible, because they hide behind the internet and other social groups. The national media loves to pick up on anything that makes Kentucky look like a bunch of hillbillies!

    I do not see how you can blame UK in this situation! Most of our players are black and well love and respected by the fans. Society is never going to be perfect, but racism is the least seen in my lietime.



  39. FLASHY
    9:39 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Corey, stick to what you’re good at:

    Watching Chane slam dunk the ball.

    Also, did you give a shout out to Tubby Smith like you did Chane. If not, you should consider.

    There might be reasonable UK fans, but they don’t read this site.

    Jokers.



  40. 2020
    9:39 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    High school principals and university presidents should be held accountable when they fail to reprimand their fans. Not only should these jerks be tossed out of the games, but they should be tossed from school.

    Fortunately, this poor behavior is just from a few bad apples. If anyone has any photos of these jerks, let’s post it online with their home address.



  41. Reality Man
    9:41 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    typical red state behavior.



  42. Ridge Runner
    9:41 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Stupid people come in all sizes & shapes. Will never change no matter where ya live unfortunately.



  43. Travis
    9:44 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    41….with a blue governor. Come on…..you sound ignorant!



  44. WildcatBlueKY
    9:45 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Honestly, why would he go to a school near the mountains anyway. Why not go to a Louisville school, or a Lexington school with other African American players and not as much, if any racism. I know he didn’t get to choose but plenty of Canadians came to Hardin and Nelson county where they haven’t had to deal with this.



  45. zzzz
    9:47 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz



  46. Nigel Powers
    9:49 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    There’s only two things I hate in this world. People who are intolerant of other people’s cultures, and Canadians.



  47. wow
    9:49 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    wow half of you i can see are as ignorant than the people doing all of this. Yes this is a racist attack do you think a noose means anything to canadians? No. Ya im talking to you 31.



  48. George
    9:50 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Well Wiltjer is Canadian. Yes he doesn hold US Citizenship but he’s Canadian bred and holds a Canadian passport.



  49. really
    9:50 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    44 so your defending this. you must be involved



  50. Section 133
    9:51 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    The Canadian kids are black. There’s a noose involved. It’s eastern Kentucky. Sounds like the Friends of Coal are behind this.



  51. 2013
    9:52 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    44 they should be able to attend any school they want to why should it matter if its by the mountains you ignorant fool.



  52. Biff
    9:53 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Damned eastern kentucky trash.



  53. ok so
    9:53 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    This deserves national attention, ban sports at the school



  54. flippy23
    9:54 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    I’m sure this story will make a GREAT impression on Andrew Wiggins…..perhaps the most famous black Canadian on earth these days……these dipsh&ts should be held accountable for giving the entire state a black eye……and when Wiggins commits to UNC, here’s one reason to point to……



  55. WildcatBlueKY
    9:56 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Not defending at all. I just don’t know why they would send any Canadian regardless of race, to a mountain school when basketball is just as good to the west (Lexington, Louisville, Blowing Green, Hardin or Nelson) where racism isn’t a factor at all and other canadians have came and these are always one good player away from making a run at state.



  56. ha
    9:57 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Ya because landing wiggins is the most important thing in this situation.



  57. Les Miles
    9:58 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    What is the difference in chanting U-S-A! U-S-A! and S-E-C! S-E-C!? Both chants are basically saying we’re better than you.



  58. Perry Countian
    9:59 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    No everyone in Eastern Kentuck is trash. This is some IGNORANT people that are worried about losing their Chance to head to state tourney. Knott Central should be pulled from the tourney NOW, and if Not, then I hope Cordia’s team, puts them to shame. As for the social Media pics, there is some of your proof as to who could be behind it, and the Principal needs to start there. This is a disgrace and making all of us Kentukians look like Hicks, when we are not.



  59. Perry Countian
    9:59 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    I meant to say NOT EVERYONE IN E. KY is trash.



  60. Ky Basketball
    10:05 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    I think posting about this was a bad idea. You’re just calling more attention to it and there are lots of discrepancies about the facts of the situation.



  61. seenvic
    10:07 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Just last week a Supreme Court Justice asked a lawyer if he was implying that people in the south are generally more racist than people not in the south.

    We have 300 million+ Americans. Nine are on the Supreme Court. And one of the nine is this out of touch with reality.



  62. TJ
    10:10 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Well, there goes Wiggins unless someone exposes why all this goes n.



  63. Childish
    10:11 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    To the people that take offense to others pointing out that this is wrong, the truth hurts only the ones who are against it! If you think this is OK, because it was just a bbgun or think its not racism, you are foolish! This is 2013, not 1913! Grow up you fools! Act like an adult! Thanks for putting this out KSR, maybe some real civilized people can put a stop to this ignorance…



  64. C'mon Corey
    10:12 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Wow, Corey, I don’t know if it’s self-serving idiocy or pragmatism, but trying to dissuade outright racism with UK’s recruiting cause is crass and short-sighted to the point of near-blindness.
    Good luck with that!



  65. DerbyDemon
    10:14 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    I’m still trying to figure out the “hard spot the principal has been put in.” By his doing nothing, all he does is fuel a fire that is way out of control and, in a sense, endorses the behavior of these knuckle-dragging troglodytes. But, coming from this part of the commonwealth, I’m not surprised.



  66. 3cats
    10:15 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    I believe some of you are missing the point here about this being racist attacks.These people are not shooting at the house because these players are Canadians. You don’t make a noose because they are Canadians. The state attorney general needs to make this his priority to find and prosecute these dumb azz before this goes the the US ATTORNEY GENERALS OFFICE. Yes, this make the whole state of KY look bad.
    #44 # 46 #31 #4 #5 #8 racist



  67. ref
    10:16 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    This is kids from the other side of Knott Co, its nothing to do with race/racism. What it has to do with is its Knott County and you have a team in Cordia that has gotten a big name coach
    and players to come play there. Knott Co is use to kicking Cordia around and it’s not so easy anymore. Just kids with no better since as to look what it looks like outside the county. And these two ball players would have been welcomed on Knott Counties team if they would have went there.



  68. 606
    10:21 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Knott central has several black players. No proof of the BB gun even beind related to this the state police said it was not related. The two kids who made the noose sign where wrong and have been punished. The USA chants I see nothing wrong with



  69. SouthPark
    10:21 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    THem boys in Eastern KY must only be picking up South Park on them bunnie ears (blameCanada)…………..Oh and KSR just threw 5 gallons of GAS on the FIRE!



  70. LETSfinallyWIN
    10:22 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    I would say this had more to do with bringing in transfers from out of the country, more so than racism. Not fun losing anyway, but really don’t want to lose to foreign transfers. I know kids transfer all over the state, but everyone knows that these kids are down here only to play ball. Opponents were just upset with them being brought in and possible losing to them, so the obvious chant would have been USA, with them being from out of the country. Wouldn’t have mattered if they were black or white. I see nooses drawn on things all the time at high school rivalry games. Saw one just last year around a doll made to look like the opposing coach. Coach wasn’t black.



  71. Stickman
    10:22 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    28.Of course! Says:
    March 1st, 2013 at 9:30 am
    “If you’ve not been to Eastern KY, you should. You will know what racism actually is. These morons will never change and take racism to their grave. Hope at least their offspring will turn out better.”

    Spoken like someone who is not very familiar with Kentucky. You are sadly mistaken if you think Eastern Kentucky is the face of racism. It happens statewide. I spent several days in Meade County with the SPLC on a trial involving the head of the KKK in Kentucky. Guess what? He was from nowhere near Eastern Kentucky.

    How about the bussing riots in Louisville in the 70s? Did someone pick up the city of Louisville and move it to eastern Ky. to find enough racists for that mess?

    Go here and see where most of your hate groups are centered–it’s not eastern Kentucky…

    http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/hate-map#s=KY



  72. fatkidineastky
    10:26 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    If the principal actually wanted to do something…all he has to do is contact KSP special investigations and hand over video and names to interview and BOOM….a hate crime is now being investigated by proper authorities. And before someone says it is not a hate crime…read the federal statute…the knoose alone towards ssomeone of color is intuitively a hate crime.



  73. Martin
    10:26 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Sounds like a non story to me. If you don’t agree with a liberal, then you are called a racist….end of story.



  74. RICK
    10:29 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    #63, It is 2013 , K



  75. jhnny
    10:29 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Guys, Guys, Guys- Its the noose… How the principle has not suspended the kid who posted that on his facebook is unbelievable. UNBELIEVABLE. Someone should look at calling for that principle’s job. He is completely clueless.



  76. Stickman
    10:29 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    50.Section 133 Says:
    March 1st, 2013 at 9:51 am
    “The Canadian kids are black. There’s a noose involved. It’s eastern Kentucky. Sounds like the Friends of Coal are behind this.”

    Wow, easily the most ignorant statement I’ve read in a while. You’re either incredibly stupid, or you’re such an idiot that you’re intentionally trying to rile up supporters of one of Kentucky’s greatest industries while simultaneously being guilty of the same behavior you’re attempting to deplore.

    Let me guess–you’re a “progressive” with a Coexist sticker on your prius. It’s the first of the month, shouldn’t you be out at the mailbox watching for your check instead of making yourself look like a fool?



  77. Zeek Flinn
    10:31 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    doesn’t sound like racism to me. stupidity more like it. where is law enforcement on this, I believe it would be a crime to shoot at someones door. no matter what there race. maybe it’s the law doing this.



  78. Hold up
    10:33 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    #72 it wouldn’t be KSP special investigations. It would be Post 13 in Hazard. Special Investigations handles a different type of case.



  79. 606
    10:33 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    The two kids responsible for the noose have been punished



  80. 1catfan
    10:34 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    USA USA USA is not racism. Jesus people are so sensitive.



  81. SteveA
    10:36 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    #66 racist



  82. TheTruth
    10:40 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    If we taught the truth, then we wouldn’t need to worry about racism as far as black and white. We would realize we are all made with the same skin color: BROWN! Some are darker shades and some are lighter shades, but we are all made the same. Instead, we trade the Truth for a lie and now things such as a noose and a Canadien flag cause an unneeded stir and give negative attention from people who think they are better than those who posted this. If we would look first to take the log out of our own eye, then those things in others eyes wouldn’t be so big.



  83. kentuckian by birth
    10:40 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    #28 Of course! Says:
    March 1st, 2013 at 9:30 am
    If you’ve not been to Eastern KY, you should. You will know what racism actually is. These morons will never change and take racism to their grave. Hope at least their offspring will turn out better.

    Of Course you must either be blind or a racist yourself! I have been all over Kentucky, including Lexington, Louisville, Western and Eastern Kentucky! To assume or accuse one part of Kentucky as being morons and racist only shows two things; how naive and uneducated you really are! I do hope that you will change and educate your offspring before you go to your grave! Simple minds, say simple things!



  84. fatkidineastky
    10:43 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Actually…these two complete and utter morons ARE EXACTLY THE SAME as those that acted with hatred at those kids @ Cordia.

    28-If you’ve not been to Eastern KY, you should. You will know what racism actually is. These morons will never change and take racism to their grave. Hope at least their offspring will turn out better.

    52-Damned eastern kentucky trash

    The fact that these dimwitted louts beliefs that this is just an East KY problem reflects on their low intelligence and their inability to characterize themselves as doing THE EXACT SAME THING in their posts.

    Not every East Kentuckian is the type of persons that acted like those @ Knott County. Just as not every Central or Western Kentuckian is affluent and the highly educated without any prejudices at all. The above morons only go to reflect the complete stupidity and blindness that is reflected in every form of hatred. So congrats on proving the actual points of the national media to show not only a few are blnded by hatred….but inclusive of other other Kentuckians. Congrats you addlepates!



  85. kentuckian by birth
    10:43 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    #69 naive and uneducated



  86. HeshimuEvans'2ndGradeTeacher
    10:44 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Ahhh, the evolution of Eastern Ky. Ignorance evolves just like everything else. Good luck with that down there.



  87. B-man
    10:44 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    #80-read the post…specifically the text in BOLD print. The USA chants themselves are not overly offensive; however, when you put a noose on the Canadian flag, it’s quite clear what message is being sent to the (black) Canadian students. I’m not sure how you don’t find that offensive.



  88. Biglaw Dawgin'
    10:45 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    That’s nationalism people. Do the news outlets really think that Kentuckians have a disdain for Canadians? Come on. With HS kids, they probably would’ve chanted “go back to California” if the transfers were Los Angeles natives instead of Canadian. People INSIDE the state can’t really be buying into a KY hates Canada story, can they?



  89. Wildcatfan812
    10:46 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    I live in Indiana and I am from Central Kentucky. I assure you there is as much racism in Indiana (if not more!) especially in the Bloomington/Martinsville area. Look up KKK in Martinsville, IN and that should tell you more. I just wish that these articles would not even be printed. It just gives the national media and other programs something else to use against Kentucky recruiting.



  90. hard spot
    10:51 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    …this is where the principal of this school is in



  91. asdf
    10:52 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Was Billy Bob Thornton racist when he accused Canadians of being “like potatoes without gravy”?



  92. asdf
    10:53 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    If you want to see what racism is like, be a Native American and go to Canada….



  93. asdf
    10:57 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Heck, there are PLENTY of teams in Eastern Kentucky with foreign players. It’s a very common recruiting technique by coaches to fill out rosters with “exchange students”. There are enough Eastern European players to form an “Eastern Kentucky-Easter European All-Star” team.



  94. bluristhurr
    10:59 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Is it racist if it’s true?



  95. dejavueblue
    11:00 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Knott County has an African American on their team as well. If these kids were in the band no one would be shooting bb guns or sending them messages. This is about basketball. Plain and simple.



  96. Maxbps8
    11:02 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Apparently some folks need to READ! These people had SHOTS FIRED AT THEIR DOOR!!!!!! Where are the police? Or neighbors for that matter.

    If someone randomly shot at my neighbor’s door, and I was quick enough, they’d get a 300M slug, at the very least, hitting their car. If my aim was good enough in their @$$.

    This principal needs to FIRED…immediately. He’s not in a difficult position at all. This sounds extremely clear cut. The students responsible need to be expelled…for the year (i.e. held back a year b/c they clearly are not intelligent enough to be in JR high much less HS).



  97. dejavueblue
    11:03 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    The part that disturbs me the most is the Knott County principal saying they were chanting USA because they were the Patriots…really?



  98. shallow hal
    11:03 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Please check and get facts straight, this situation is blow way out of perportion. One student made a picture with a burning flag, he has been punished, there have not been repeated attacks and no bullet holes in windows, no one can even prove the two are related. Man this is sensationalism at its best, what a joke. Just some people trying to get attention for themselves, and you are just helping them by writing about something you know nothing about, if you want to do some actual jurnalism go down to EastKY and get the facts straight, because no one has yet.



  99. bluristhurr
    11:04 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    I think they should of done some research before moving to the mountains in eastern KY lol.



  100. WhytBredWurLD
    11:05 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    this hateful racism & bigotry ought NOT come as any surprise at all, as KY (as well as the entire southern U.S.) is and ALWAYS has been a hotbed for white supremacists & their ilk, incl. of course the KKK……

    why any gifted athlete who is a person-of-color would opt to attend UK or any other southern university is quite unfathomable, especially if they come from north of the Mason-Dixon Line

    rival northern recruiters surely ought to be able to use this truth/fact to their full advantage &, thus, render virtually ALL southern universities as irrelevant in athletics

    in summation, the truth often hurts, & in particular eastern KY hillbillies are some of the most vile humanoids ever seen on our planet (along w/their brethern from across the boundary over in West Virginia)



  101. dejavueblue
    11:06 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Brandon Bender is who got those kids there…



  102. Laker Cat 18
    11:07 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Kids will be kids. Ignorance or not. However, I want to know why two Canadians are living with “guardians” in Kentucky. The KHSAA is definitely looking past some rules on this one.



  103. dejavueblue
    11:08 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    102. The KHSAA ruled them ineligible, but Cordia got a court injuction to gain their eligibility. Nothing to do with KHSAA.



  104. MaxSpeed
    11:10 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    A typical foreigner making it harder for an american. You’re telling me they were offended by a USA chant? If it was a white guy from Canada experiencing the same thing we wouldn’t hear a word about it.



  105. jim tom
    11:13 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    racism? the noose? wtf? my uncle died with one around his neck and hell, he was a white man. the u s a chant now, yeah that has to go, no place for that. seriously though, some ignorant acts. being from eastern ky it saddens me



  106. UMMMMMMMM
    11:14 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    85 No humor probably jerks it all night! And i am from Eastern KY i was just waiting for somebody else to post it because usually that how people respond about EK…..#SLAPNUTZ



  107. turtlemanfan
    11:15 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    102*-can you say ‘o j mayo’?



  108. UMMMMMMMM
    11:16 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    OH and i spent a couple years up North – New England area and you havent seen racism till you spend some time in those areas…….



  109. HeshimuEvans'2ndGradeTeacher
    11:17 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    #104 – What’s up, Toby Keith? Ain’t you got some Mexicans to go spit on? You piece of sh!t



  110. Calm Down
    11:18 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Let’s see if we can blow this out of proportion and stereotype everyone in Kentucky as racist jerkoffs.

    How about this? It was a couple of kids who acted like idiots and deserve to be punished…even if one of them is dating the daughter of a KCC higher up.



  111. Laker Cat 18
    11:20 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    103. I heard about that, bud don’t really know the details. How is Cordia eligible to play in the KHSAA for the championship?



  112. bill
    11:33 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    how can people not see the racism….yeah i get the nationalism part but can you not read…there was a picture with a NOOSE on it it!



  113. NLK
    11:34 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Odd how this story blows up as another Canadian, a fellow by the name of Wiggins, happens to be on campus. Coincidence?



  114. BigRush
    11:38 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    This is a bunch of little highschool pricks who just want to hate. It is a reflection on poor parenting and goes both ways unfortunately. When parents step up and control these situations the problem stops… But we’re so far away from that as a society… Not just in KY



  115. Skid
    11:42 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Was at a game a few weeks ago where East Carter fans were chanting USA – USA to a foreign exchange student playing for Morgan County. Absolutely no call for this kind of stuff.



  116. Not Surprised
    11:43 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Some of the same dumbasses that comment on this story before reading it(or attempting to ,at least) are the same type of dumbasses who would giggle like little school children when things like this are undertaken. What a pathetic show of ignorance, although sadly not surprising. #104, we’re not “telling you” anything. The onus is on you to read and comprehend what took place. Maybe you can get together with 69,73,80,etc., and come to a conclusion about the actual issue.



  117. scot
    11:44 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    why would anybody who isnt white want to play in kentucky?



  118. Are UKidding Me
    11:47 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    If the noose in the flag is true, then somebody needs to be in trouble there. No doubt. Maybe let’s see that picture of the flag? Or, did no one have a cell phone to take a picture with? Reading these posts is like a microcosm of the reaction to every racial issue in the news – the actual act is bad enough…so why embellish? Shots at the door end up being a bb gun? Was this actually proven? Where is the police report?

    As with many race issues, it becomes hard to believe the facts when they are hard to find between the Disney movie style storylines added by the “journalist”.

    Also, if the USA chants offend people, let’s go ahead and talk file a civil suit agains the Mexican fans chanting “Osama Bin Laden” during the USA soccer match after 911. Hell, I’m tired of being stereotyped, too. Somebody call me a lawyer.



  119. bluemanchew
    11:49 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    A bb gun was fired and broke a patio glass door at a residence that neither basketball player lived at.

    You need to get your facts straight. Seems to me that you are fanning the flames.
    this story needs to be deleted from KSR it is false and has become Troll Fodder



  120. Jus Sayin
    11:49 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah that noose must be referencing the “Great Canadaian Lynchings” of the 1950s… Oh wait…



  121. Al B. Frank
    11:50 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    I didn’t realize that “Canadian” was a race.



  122. Realists
    11:54 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Black people and liberals think everything is Racist and White people and conservatives dont think anything is racist. This is one time where clearly the liberals are right. I’m all for Patriotism but Kyle Wiltjer never dealt with this stuff. A noose would never be appropriate for a highschool basketball game.



  123. bb
    11:55 am March 1, 2013 Permalink

    This is wrong wrong wrong!However, the principal is only legally and able to respond if something happens at school. At games he could have the law remove someone but its tricky as to what his rights are there as well. Depending on who it is and freedom of speech rights.A noose is a tool like a gun. Many whites were hung in ole west as well. Sounds like nationalism. Any gunfire automatically makes it a police issue. Sad either way!



  124. beeeyah
    12:02 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Are we going to call anything racism now? Canadians aren’t a race. There may have been some hateful behavior, but racism? None whatsoever.



  125. LIKEKEK
    12:03 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Do people on KSR ever think anythins is racist? I suppose there are other uses for nooses than hanging black people but are we seriously going to pretend we dont know what they meant? Either way you are stiill talking about HANGING A KID IN HIGHSCHOOL!



  126. Stickman
    12:04 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    A bb gun was fired and broke a patio glass door at a residence that neither basketball player lived at.

    A bb gun was fired and broke a patio glass door at a residence that neither basketball player lived at.

    A bb gun was fired and broke a patio glass door at a residence that neither basketball player lived at.

    Did any of you read that before you jumped on your high horse and started making ridiculous assumptions and moronic proclamations?

    And by the way–you idiots whining about how racist Kentucky and the south is think racism is a strictly southern thing? Go up to Boston and poke around a little or check out the KKK activity in Indiana…God some of you think you’re the smartest person since Einstein. At least wait till you’ve graduated college and realize just how dumb and naive you are before you start with your braying and pontificating.



  127. bluemanchew
    12:15 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    this story reaches for something that is not there why are we talking about this? its because some troll wanted wiggins to feel uncomfortable while he was here. and KSR helped thanks for spreading a lie



  128. Zeek
    12:20 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    anyone ever watch HANGEM HIGH that movie is racist they had a knoose on there.



  129. Wake up
    12:22 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Here is a story for you just last summer uk was doing one of its satellite camps in eastern ky and one of the staff members who is black got lost. He asked the locals for directions and more then one person refused to help him. But I garantee these are the same fans that went to the camp and cheer for the cats every game day . So blacks are good enough to win a title but people in their on state refuse to give them directions . Now tell me there isn’t racism in this state



  130. Bluebloodtoo
    12:22 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    As unfortunate and ugly and this is, it’s time for it to happen. Everyone in the country thinks the South is still predominately racist. It’s time to address it. Either it is or it isn’t.
    Before anyone jumps on me and says that I don’t know what I’m talking about, I lived in Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida, and Texas for the first 30 years of my life. I grew up in Kentucky and my family is still in Kentucky of which I am VERY proud. This is one part of the south that I am NOT proud of.



  131. Bluebloodtoo
    12:24 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    One other thing I would like to point out, is that the rest of the country is no different than the south when it comes to these things as they have pre determined that red necks and hillbilly are not as good as they are, when it’s doubtful that they have spent much time getting to know any of those folks because they do have very redeeming qualities. Just like every other person in the world, they have good points and bad points. Unfortunately, no one on this earth is perfect.



  132. Bluebloodtoo
    12:37 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Oh, and anyone who thinks that racism is not still around should check the ethnic population of Marshall County, Kentucky.



  133. Obvious
    12:43 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    This has nothing to do with a state.

    This has to do with a few stupid indivduals. Saying “Kentucky” with a few individuals is pretty lame. Using this logic I guess we can make more assumptions like these:

    California….Everyone there is homeless
    New York….Everyone there talks funny and they hate everyone
    Illinois….Everyone in this state is in a gang
    Texas….They all still ride horses and herd up longsteers
    Mississppi….Not one individual there has teeth
    Tennessee….Everyone that lives their marries a relative
    The Entire Middle East….ALL TERRORISTS!

    See how stupid and ridiculous this sounds? Quit Sterotyping Corey. You and that national media need to call this what it is! A couple of stupid individuals!



  134. Bluebloodtoo
    12:45 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    I have a wonderful idea. Let’s take a High School principal from a small town in Kentucky and swap him with one from a Boston city school. Let’s do the same with Seattle, LA, and Chicago. Then let’s follow them all around with cameras and make a reality show about it. That way the whole country can see the differences. Kinda like the “wife swap” show did. Oh wait, I bet Hollywood would actually love that idea. Where is Josh Hopkins when you need him?



  135. Obvious
    12:46 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    oops, I mean

    **Everyone in TN marries their relatives**



  136. MHFaulkner
    12:54 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    This thread saddens me somewhat with the amount of apologetic racism found in a lot of these comments.

    If a noose isn’t a symbol of hatred, then what is it and why was it used?

    I’ll hang up and listen.



  137. Bobby A
    12:58 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve watched both the kids mentioned in the story play and they are pretty good. So is number 2 AJ Tagaloa. I live one county over from where these boys play and I have to say that the racism being shown to these kids is abhorrent. They, in the limited contact I’ve had with them, were respectful kids that just wanted to play ball.



  138. twcornuk
    1:08 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    133. Agree. Well said!!



  139. Letcher County native
    1:21 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    This has nothing to do with Eastern Kentucky and everything to do with ignorance. Ignorance is equal opportunity and can be found everywhere in Kentucky, Tennessee, Detroit, New York and around the world.
    Nooses should never be used in high school or college or anywhere. The kid at Cordia is black. Its racism, and its wrong. If it is acceptable to some people, have the guts to bring one to Rupp and show it to Kyle Wiltjer. I bet those kids do not have the balls to do that.
    I am sick of the people on here who have almost condoned this activity. Its embarrassing and needs to stop. The students should be admonished publically by the school administration, to make a statement that this type of activity is not acceptable.
    It has nothing to do with Eastern KY and those who criticize EKY should look in their own back yards in Lexington, Louisville and Northern KY before making judgements about and entire region of the state. Fools are found everywhere.



  140. Wildcatsteeler
    1:22 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    “handful of clowns make the entire state look even worse than some people already perceive it.” HA!!! Just scroll up and read the dozens of people defending it. This state is a racist as it gets, just like the entire ignorant, redneck South. Why do you think it votes Republican? They hoodwink the tools with racism, guns and religion.



  141. On the line
    1:23 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    The facts:
    1. Knott Central is reporting that they think they know which students were involvedb
    2. Knott Central is reporting the involved have been disciplined.
    3. A high powered pellet gun was used to shoot the glass out of the door, of close relatives to the guardians. The police were called.
    4. The mailboxes at the home of the guardians/boys were smashed.
    5. Although there is no way to prove #3& 4 are related to the other issues, it us very suspicious.



  142. Stickman
    1:38 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    140.Wildcatsteeler Says:
    March 1st, 2013 at 1:22 pm
    ““handful of clowns make the entire state look even worse than some people already perceive it.” HA!!! Just scroll up and read the dozens of people defending it. This state is a racist as it gets, just like the entire ignorant, redneck South. Why do you think it votes Republican? They hoodwink the tools with racism, guns and religion.”

    Right, voting Republican is a sign of racism, and racism doesn’t exist outside the south….geez, YOU WIN THE BIGGEST IDIOT AWARD. Damn those republicans Robert Byrd and Al Gore Sr.! Damn those republicans Ross Barnett and George Wallace. Oh hang on, they were Democrats. See where painting with a broad brush gets you? Take that brush and paint Dumb Ass across your forehead, because that’s what you are.



  143. Are you kidding me?
    2:15 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    “A high powered pellet gun was used to shoot the glass out of the door, of close relatives to the guardians. The police were called.”

    If this is true, then the story should be wiped off the face of the planet. People will believe anything that they read, and the media will stretch the truth as much as possible to get a story. IF the gun was a pellet(bb gun) gun, and IF the shots were fired on “distant” relatives, then it IS possible and PROBABLE that it had NOTHING to do with the boys. Wouldn’t they have shot out the boys own door if they were the target.

    I had my car shot at 4 times with a pellet gun by kids (I’m white, kids were black) and racism was the last thing on my mind. Kids are kids and always will be. S….M….H



  144. Are you kidding me #2
    2:24 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Just so you know…the school is “The Patriots”….hmmmm…that just couldn’t be why they were chanting USA. It surely couldn’t be because the schools are rivals (the principle said the chanting goes both ways) and certainly couldn’t be because kids are involved.

    Hilarious quote “What is this teaching our kids?” Hint: Kids are the ones involved…..the quote doesn’t make sense. But good try “dad.”



  145. El Guapo
    2:52 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Let us discuss the real story here, which is how AAU “handler” Brandon Bender (many of you will recall this washed up idiot as the kid who said he was going to declare for the NBA after his junior year of HS) has directed an entire TEAM full of foreign stars to Cordia, a tiny school in the most remote part of Eastern Kentucky, for what purpose? Academics? You don’t leave Canadian schools for a school district in Eastern Kentucky for that. To escape gang violence? Sure, but there are plenty of places where they would have gotten better educations AND more national exposure outside of the 14th Region, one of the worst basketball regions in a very mediocre basketball state. The state’s ruling body declared them ineligible, but of course, Cordia got a friendly local judge to overturn that (and that a judge gets involved in making decisions for the athletic ruling body is another matter entirely). Rodrick Rhodes and Brandon Bender obviously have a profitable arrangement to recruit these kids to Eastern Kentucky to prop themselves against the weakest competition they can find. Basically, they’re treating Cordia as a prep school, yet somehow they remain eligible to compete against student-athletes who actually follow the rules for region and state titles. Does anyone else not see that a HS team with an entire lineup full of foreign transfers is mysterious at best and obviously cheating at worst? Knott Central has black players on their own team. No racism has been directed toward them. Is the school and community angry about the travesty that is going on with Rod Rhodes and his paid mercenary prep team? Yes, and they should be. (As if UK fans needed another reason to hate Rod Rhodes still.) Images of a noose are obviously out of order, but the USA chants are mild compared to the outrage that should be directed at the creation of an illegal basketball factory like this with such obvious disregard for any rules or ethics.



  146. Facts are facts
    3:09 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Should a handful of students represent a school, it’s faculty, staff a previous alumni? No. Does Knott Central have students that are of other races on its team? Yes. A perfect example of what biased reporting can do.



  147. James
    4:12 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    The folks out here in Seattle say “Good job you bunch of Kentucky inbreds!”



  148. tampa satchel
    4:12 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    The sheer number of ignorant bigots on here defending or in denial of this clearly racist act is appaling, but not surprising. Having lived abroad for half my life and now in a multi-cultural marriage has taught me that one needs to travel and spend time away from your own people and as a minority to teach humility and open your mind. I imagine most of the people who live in these areas have rarely ventured outside their comfort zone, so its easy to imagine this continuing to happen.



  149. Culver
    4:21 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    If these young men had been white and had been attacked/harassed in a similar fashion, would we even be discussing this? Would these same sport’s writers be discussing such? F no! Statistics show overwhelmingly that blacks are more likely to commit assaults towards whites then vice versa. But yet every time something like this happens, it only gets attention if it’s a white on black/brown/red/yellow/swirl incident. Never fails!



  150. CAUKFAN
    6:06 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    This is stupid. Since when did Canadians become a ‘race’. Anyone that calls this racism is just as much an idiot as the kids harassing the Canadians.



  151. Are UKidding Me
    6:38 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    @147 – umm…I’ve been to Seattle. You might want to have your wife shave her armpit hair before throwing stones at us. But, hey, why bother to notice you’re stereotyping when you’re preaching about steretyping and racism.



  152. Big O
    7:41 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Young man please do not allow your immaturity and lack of truthful journalism skills to stereotype our state and its people. Sure there are a few folks out there who choose to engage in racial remarks. But please don’t label everyone for the acts of a few. We who read KSR will not discredit this site because of the poor choice you have made in posting such garbage. In short, grow up or find another line of work.



  153. mark
    8:22 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Very few or hardly any people in East Ky. owned people a hundred 50 years ago. The majority of Kentuckians that owned slaves were tobacco plantations horsefarms and cotton farms southern Ky.Aka Louisville- Lexington .Its funny that the places that actually enslaved people are forgetting their heritage.



  154. MercerNary
    1:32 am March 2, 2013 Permalink

    1. They set the white house on fire! They also gave us Jamaal Magloire and Kyle Wiljer ( and hopefully Andrew Wiggins) so I guess we are even. 2. Xenophobia is not the same as racism. 3. My family (like many others) came over in the second wave of Irish immigration, yanked off a boat to fight in a war they knew little about, and presumably came to Kentucky to spend the rest of their lives wondering wtf went wrong.



  155. Jocko
    3:56 am March 3, 2013 Permalink

    If this had happened at, say, a high school in Paducah, I’ll guarantee we wouldn’t see people on here painting all of western Kentucky with the broad brush of racism. What has happened is reprehensible. The tendency of others to use it to generalize about all of eastern Kentucky is equally reprehensible.