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'Knee Grow': Coach of youth basketball team with racist jerseys questions handling of situation
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Published:
January 12, 2018
Updated:
January 12, 2018 8:37 AM EST
CINCINNATI — The coach of a teenage basketball team dismissed from a Cincinnati recreational league for wearing jerseys with racist names has questioned how the league handled the situation and says the monikers were variations of his players’ surnames.
The team suggestively nicknamed the “Wet Dream Team” wore jerseys with labels that included “Knee Grow.”
The Cincinnati Premier Youth Basketball League dismissed the team from suburban Kings Mills after an opponent raised concerns during the fourth week of games.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that coach Walt Gill said in emails to the league that no one previously complained. Gill requested a partial refund, saying he didn’t understand why he got no chance to rectify the situation.
Gill previously apologized in a statement but hasn’t responded to media requests for comment.
A school board member whose son played on the team says he is resigning to be accountable for his son’s involvement.
Kerry McKiernan told the Kings Local School District board meeting Tuesday that resigning from the board is “the right thing to do.” He says the team didn’t mean to hurt anyone.
The team isn’t affiliated with the school district, but the players are district students.

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