Black Star Athlete Accused By White Coach Of Gaining Speed By 'Running From Police'
Tony Humphrey said administrator Bernard Mahoney asked him if "running from the cops" helped improve his speed.
December 01, 2021 at 2:15 am
at Boston College, was told he was fast from "running from cops."
While speaking to WPIX-TV, Humphrey recalled the assistant athletic director approaching him and asking why he was training in track during his offseason.
I’m excited to announce that I will be taking the opportunity to further my academic as well as my athletic career over at Boston College! I’d like to thank God, all my friends, family, and coaches that helped me get to this point! @Huds0nAthletics @BCBirdBall pic.twitter.com/JjdYZTVyW1— Tony Humphrey 2023 (@tonyhumphrey_) August 19, 2021
16yo Tony Humphrey is a HS baseball star. When he joined the track team, the coach told him he “gained his speed by running from police.” This racist comment was absolutely unacceptable! Thankfully, Tony will be taking his talents elsewhere & that coach has resigned. pic.twitter.com/ogMZJFNq0e— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) November 28, 2021
Humphrey shared this incident was not the first time he had encountered racism at Iona Prep.
"There were other instances of racism during my freshman year," explained Humphrey, adding that the school failed to take action after reporting the incident to the dean and higher-ups.
"I took it up with the dean, I took it up with the higher-ups, and nothing happened to the other student," he said.
Following Humphrey's mother learning of the coach's remarks, the star athlete decided to take his talents elsewhere, transferring from Iona Prep in New Rochelle to a public school near his residence in Cortland.
"I decided to leave because of my current situation, as I'm already committed. I'm already going to [college]," Humphrey said. "I don't feel like I have to stay at a program where they're going to look at me different or feel uncomfortable at a place I have to go to Monday through Friday."
Students at the New Rochelle school also walked out of class to support Humphrey after learning about the incident.