Basketball jerseys get Kings team booted from recreational league

Basketball jerseys get Kings team booted from recreational league

When Tony Rue went to a game on Sunday at West Clermont Middle School to watch the Kings recreational basketball league, he was shocked to see a team called the "Wet Dream Team".

Some of the players identified themselves with phony names such as "Knee Grow" and "Coon", which opponents believed were intended as racial slurs. Rue also raised the issue with Cincinnati Premier Youth Basketball League officials who then barred the team from participating.

"By no means are we flawless parents or assume our teenage boys are innocent and don't speak of things like this, but I could never imagine allowing my teenage son to represent his school and league in this manner, let alone representing our family with such filth", Rue wrote.

The team was banned from playing on Kings school grounds and dismissed from the league.

Despite no affiliation with the league, a spokeswoman for the Kings school district released a statement on Monday.

A team of boys from Kings High in OH was exiled from their league for wearing racist and derogatory jerseys during a basketball game.

The team's jerseys stated on the front that they were the "Wet Dream Team", which some observers interpreted as having sexual overtones. It's bad enough that anyone of any age thought this was amusing or clever, but it's worse that no one stopped them before it reached this stage.

Joe Mallory, vice president of the Cincinnati NAACP, said that the team's uniforms are being investigated. This team has been restricted from any further use of district facilities.

"Kings Local Schools strongly condemns any type of hateful and racist commentary".

"When I learned of the uniform infractions last night the team involved was immediately removed from the league and will not be returning to play this season", the statement said.

"Kings rec basketball for grades 7-12 does not in any way support or condone the uniform infractions that occurred", Kings division coordinator Charrise Middleton said. "We fully support their (Cincinnati Premier Youth Basketball) decision to remove the team from play as well".

Middleton also supplied a statement from the team's coach that said, "We sincerely apologize to anyone that was offended by the jerseys".

Whatever happens, it would be fitting if the adults associated with the team that thought it was OK for the players to wear these jerseys are punished as well. He noted that the team "offered to cover them up or change", but that the league still chose to eject the team, "and we have accepted that decision".

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