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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Richmond Heights Basketball Coach Accused of Racist Language (Updated)

Posted By on Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 3:56 PM

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Updated: The district has removed Jason Popp from his head coaching position. He will keep his teaching job, however. (WOIO)

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Players on the Richmond Heights varsity basketball team and their parents are livid over (white) head coach Jason Popp's alleged racist language and verbal abuse. The team is 15-0 at the moment, but seven players are threatening to boycott tonight's game if Popp is not removed from his position.

The concerns were addressed in a letter to the Superintendent of the school district and in a board meeting. No decision has been made by the district.

Among the accusations:

— Before a game against Cardinal, Coach Popp told his players that the other team expected them "to play like niggers, which you are."

— When a player asked to be excused from an extended practice because it was his grandmother's birthday, Popp said he didn't give "two fucks" about the kid's grandmother.

— Popp allegedly told a group of players that one boy's father was "a drunk, and the apartment he lives in is probably government housing."

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