SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Witnesses are coming forward with shocking allegations of racial slurs being tossed around during a high school basketball game.
Parents claim fans used racial slurs during a girls basketball game between McClatchy High and Oak Ridge High.
“We’ve never been subjected to such a disgraceful, disgraceful language,” said Glen Kumamoto.
His daughter is one of the players on the McClatchy team. He posted a clip of his girl’s recent game on social media where he says chants from the Oak Ridge side got inappropriate, then a fan allegedly pushed one of the McClatchy players down in the middle of the game.
But he says, things really escalated when fans began using racist language offensive to Asian players.
“A lot of our girls on our team are of Asian descent. So I started to hear chants like ‘soy sauce’ ‘go back to Fiji,’ gestures about small eyes things like that,” he said.
That’s not all. Kumamoto also claims fans were body-shaming some of the players.
“They would single out particular players on our team with chants like Outback Steakhouse because girl is particularly—larger build,” he said.
Coach Jessica Kunisaki says her girls kept focus on the game like pros but says the incident crosses the line.
“In 2016, you don’t have racism, you would hope, but you hear it all the time and I think the more awareness the better we can solve problems,” she said.
The El Dorado Union High School District responded with a statement, that read in part:
“We are disappointed and saddened by this situation and are working to address the inappropriate behavior. It is our expectation that respect be given to all during our athletic events and apologize that this was not the case on this particular evening. The actions of those who participated in this unacceptable behavior are not a true reflection of our student body.”
Kumamoto says he’ll be satisfied when he sees Oak Ridge Come up with a zero-tolerance game plan.
“My father fought in the second World War for this country while his family was interned in a camp so things like this wouldn’t happen,” he said. “So his children and grandchildren wouldn’t have to be subjected to racial taunts.”
The Oak Ridge High principal didn’t say what, if any, action the school would take against the students accused of making racial slurs.