Appalachian State tennis player Spencer Brown, has been suspended after telling John Wilson IV, a student at North Carolina A&T, “At least I know my dad,” during a match, The New York Post reports. Wilson accused Brown of making other racially inflammatory remarks as well.
The A&T player said, on Twitter, that he approached Appalachian State's coach about the slight, only to receive a less-than-satisfactory response.
Hey #NCAT this is Spencer brown, a tennis player at Appalachian state. During our match today, along with other racist comments, Spencer told me, “At least I know my dad.” Their coach responded by saying, “..we have a black guy on our team.”— John Wilson IV (@jpheze) January 29, 2018
Black twitter, do ya thing. pic.twitter.com/ZRN61zCU2n
Black Twitter responded quickly to Wilson's request with shows of support and of outrage:
being that I am a tennis player at an hbcu, I can definitely say these type of incidents happen more often than not. https://t.co/gRFbnNNsvT— Aria E. (@earthtoaria) January 29, 2018
Outrageous. We're expecting a swift response. Oh, and be sure to let Spencer know that black fathers are statistically the most involved in their children's lives: https://t.co/SRQFxZnS7c @appstate @appstatesports #NCAT https://t.co/aOvKyH9AjW— NCAT SGA (@ncatsga) January 29, 2018
so sad that he just threw his whole tennis career away in year one LMAOOOO make shit shake, black twitter ✨✨✨✨✨ https://t.co/P29QOr1D3W— someone's cousin. (@landhoee) January 29, 2018
Their coach needs to be fired. I’m tired of the “I’m not racist I have a Black friend” arguments.— Ryan M. Stowe, Esq. (@RyanMStowe) January 29, 2018
Appalachian State Athletics posted a statement on their Twitter page this morning, apologizing for Brown’s conduct, and confirming that he is "suspended indefinitely from the team, effective immediately."
Statement from App State Athletics: pic.twitter.com/pvDw3SveyV
— App State Athletics (@appstatesports) January 29, 2018
Wilson tweeted that he was not personally contacted by Appalachian State, but he is happy Brown has been punished for his actions.
Update: Even though I have yet to be reached out personally from the administration of Appalachian State. The athletics program suspended Spencer indefinitely! Thank you all for the help, this is something I’ve always dealt with being a black tennis player. #NCAT pic.twitter.com/9MqHvTe6fR— John Wilson IV (@jpheze) January 29, 2018