photo: spencer brown via Appalachian State University

A tennis match between North Carolina A&T State University and Appalachian State University has been marred by racism.

The tennis match between John Wilson of North Carolina A&T State University and Spencer Brown of Appalachian State University took place on Jan. 27, according to Winston-Salem Journal.

During the match, Brown used racially charged language against Spencer. Brown went to social media to share his story by tweeting a photo of Brown with the caption, “This is Spencer Brown, a tennis player at Appalachian State. During our match today, along with racist comments, Spencer told me, ‘At least I know my dad.’”

Wilson also tweeted that the coach for Appalachian State University said, “We have a Black guy on our team.”

The following day, officials at Appalachian State issued a statement saying that Brown was suspended for making the racially-charged comments. 

The coach, Bob Lake, is being investigated on the comment, “we have a Black guy on our team.” 

The incident reveals how racism continues to be an issue on every level of American society. A simple tennis match between two college students was spoiled due to racist actions.

Wilson said that he has yet to receive an apology, but he’s glad that Brown was suspended for his actions.

A.R. Shaw

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