Grassroots 365, a youth basketball organization, has condemned the “senseless and deplorable” actions of several players who allegedly directed anti-Asian violence and slurs at an opposing team during a game in the Oakland area on Saturday.
“We have taken swift action to address the individuals and will continue to diligently and comprehensively investigate the incident that took place,” Grassroots 365 posted on its website and Instagram account.
Local CBS affiliate KPIX 5 obtained footage of the confrontation, and video showed a teenager on the Snipers being punched in the head by members of the San Francisco Generals. The boy’s mother, Lennie, told the television station that opposing players used the “c-word” to describe the players of Asian descent on the South Bay Snipers. The station did not identify anyone with last names “for fear of retaliation.”
According to one parent, identified as Olivia, who said she was present for the incident, the player who threw the punch was not pulled from the game, but several parents did talk to the tournament director and the player was banned from Sunday’s game.
USA TODAY Sports has reached out to Grassroots 365 for updates on the investigation.
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