College Tennis Player Suspended After Making Derogatory Remarks To Black Opponent During Match

Spencer Brown, a white men’s college tennis player has been suspended after a black opponent tweeted that his on-court rival told him “at least I know my dad” during their weekend match.

Appalachian State University in North Carolina issued a statement saying Spencer was suspended indefinitely after Sunday’s match with North Carolina A&T State University, a historically black college. Appalachian State apologized calling the conduct “derogatory and offensive.”

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Spencer Brown

The black player, John Wilson, who is also A&T’s senior class president, said Brown made other offensive comments during the NCAA Division I match. Wilson’s tweet included a photo of Brown.

“After yesterday’s men’s tennis match, an Appalachian State student-athlete engaged in behavior that was derogatory and offensive,” Appalachian State said in a release. “This student-athlete has been suspended indefinitely from the team, effective immediately, for violating the student-athlete discipline policy.”

The school spokeswoman says there will be no additional comment, while a recording heard on a call to Appalachian State’s men’s tennis coach, said his number was disconnected.

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