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Announcer directs racist comments toward girls basketball team for kneeling during anthem

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A screengrab from an NFHS Network broadcast on Thursday shows members of the Norman girls basketball team kneeling during the National Anthem. A hot microphone caught announcers for the broadcast calling the Norman girls

An announcer for an online broadcast directed highly inflammatory, racist comments toward the Norman (Oklahoma) girls basketball team ahead of its quarterfinal matchup with Midwest City on Thursday at Sapulpa. 

Matt Rowan, the owner and operator of the streaming service OSPN, told The Oklahoman he was the person who made the racially insensitive remarks.

A live microphone caught him making racist comments after members of the Norman girls basketball team kneeled for the national anthem. 

Rowan, while broadcasting on the NFHS Network, can be heard saying, “They’re kneeling? (Expletive) (racial slur). I hope Norman get their ass kicked. (Expletive) them. I hope they lose…

“They’re going to kneel like that? Hell no.”

Rowan apologized Friday and blamed his use of racist language on his blood sugar levels.

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