Coach Suspended Over Racial Comment

September 3, 2015

Horlick High School Head Football Coach Brian Fletcher has been suspended for one game following a racial comment he made during his team's previous game. 

As reported by The Journal Times, with only a few minutes remaining in his team's eventual 39-24 loss to Burlington High School, a Horlick safety was flagged for an illegal hit on a Burlington player, who had to be wheeled off the field on a stretcher. While the player was being attended to, Fletcher allegedly yelled to an official, "Would we have gotten that call if my safety was a Caucasian?”

That earned Fletcher his second unsportsmanlike conduct call of the game, which resulted in his automatic ejection. The coach later apologized for his actions in a statement:

“I am aware that my actions at Friday night’s football game were out of line and insensitive and I apologize to those I offended. I regret the negative image my actions have cast on players, coaches, staff and administration at Horlick High School as well as the Racine community. My choice of words was inconsistent with the morals and values I strive to emulate and teach my players. On behalf of the Horlick football team and myself, I wish the young man from Burlington my sincerest regards for a full and speedy recovery from his injury.”

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