College tennis player suspended for racist comment


Appalachian State University has suspended a member of its men’s tennis team after the player was accused of making a racist comment to a black opponent during a match.

Spencer Brown, an Appalachian State freshman who is white, allegedly told his opponent ”at least I know my dad” during Sunday’s match against North Carolina A&T, a historically black college.

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John Wilson IV, a North Carolina A&T senior, tweeted the accusation after the match, noting that it was not Brown’s only racist comment during the contest.

Appalachian State apologized for the incident the following day, and announced that Brown had been suspended indefinitely. The school called his behavior “derogatory and offensive.”

Wilson, who is also the senior class president at A&T, said Monday that he had not yet been contacted by Brown.

Brown beat Wilson, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 4 singles, and Appalachian State swept the match 7-0.

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