Arkansas school investigates racist taunts during games
HARRISON, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas community college will investigate allegations that fans attending basketball games yelled racial slurs toward black players on the opposing team from Kansas.
North Arkansas College President Randy Esters says the school plans to investigate. He says if the allegations are true, the school will take action to ensure it doesn't happen again.
Esters full comment below was posted on the school's Facebook page:
As you can imagine, we are very aware of the allegations in the article. We take those allegations very seriously and will investigate them. To thoroughly investigate, however, we need to view the video that contains the alleged offenses. If those offenses were made by Northark students or employees, we will take appropriate actions to ensure it does not happen in the future.’
At this time we have not received any complaints from anyone at the game, including coaches, athletes, officials or members of the public.
This situation is truly unfortunate since we make every effort to be inclusive and welcoming to all of our students, community and visitors.
The college's men's and women's basketball teams played Labette Community College last week in Harrison. The northern Arkansas city has a history linked to white supremacy, including the decades-old headquarters for the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
The Parsons Sun newspaper in Kansas reports that video of the game shows North Arkansas fans making crow and monkey noises directed at black Labette players. The newspaper hasn't published the video, saying the source wants to remain anonymous.
Esters says officials haven't seen the video. The teams play each other again Wednesday.