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A high school sports announcer from Oklahoma has blamed a blood sugar spike from his type 1 diabetes for his decision to call a group of black female high school basketball players “f–king n—-rs” …
This stunning remark was reportedly prompted by players from Norman High School taking a knee during a game Thursday against Midwest City High School.
As the players were taking a knee, announcer Matt Rowan could be heard complaining about the protest on a hot mic.
“They’re kneeling? F—king n—-rs. I hope Norman gets their ass kicked. F–k them. I hope they lose. They’re gonna kneel like that?” he could be heard saying to another announcer.
“Are you serious?” the other announcer can then be heard asking.
“F–k them. I hope they lose. Come on Midwest City. They’re going to kneel like that? Hell with them. They even saluting the flag? Some of them aren’t. F–king n—-rs!” Rowan can then be heard continuing.
Listen (*Language warning):
Hey @NFHSNetwork looks like you forgot to cut the Mic!!! “F****** N******” is the one that really got me!! Tell us how you really feel!! THIS IS WHY THEY KNEEL!!!@Migliorino_Nick @tohara_o @NHS_AthDept @gonormantigers pic.twitter.com/mmWQAecLaF
— Frankie Parks (@CoachFParks) March 12, 2021
By Saturday morning, the clip above had spread to virtually every corner of the Internet, sparking loud, angry outrage from everybody, including kneeling NFL stars Kenny Stills and Gerald McCoy.
— Kenny Stills (@KSTiLLS) March 12, 2021
See why we do it!?! They still think it’s about the flag……….. 🤦🏾♂️✊🏾 https://t.co/WruI6M2bT7
— Gerald McCoy (@Geraldini93) March 12, 2021
Rowan meanwhile managed to greatly exacerbate the life crisis he’s now facing by first denying any culpability and trying to throw his fellow announcer under the bus.
“Matt Rowan, owner of OSPN, the live-streaming platform that broadcasted Thursday’s game, [said] in a phone interview Friday afternoon he was not the person heard making racist comments,” The Frontier, a news agency in Oklahoma, reported.
But hours later, he finally relented and issued a statement admitting his guilt.
“During this time I was with a colleague and friend Scott Sapulpa. Scott Sapulpa was not the one that made these comments, it was me and me alone. It is not my desire to shirk my responsibility in this matter and I certainly do not want Scott Sapulpa to share in the blame of this most unfortunate incident,” he said.
However, he then made things even worse for himself by blaming his clear-cut remarks on his type 1 diabetes.
“I will state that I suffer Type 1 Diabetes and during the game my sugar was spiking. While not excusing my remarks it is not unusual when my sugar spikes that I become disoriented and often say things that are not appropriate as well as hurtful. I do not believe that I would have made such horrible statements absent my sugar spiking,” he said.
Last but not least, he claimed he’s not racist.
“While the comments I made would certainly seem to indicate that I am racist, I am not. I have never considered myself to be racist, and in short cannot explain why I made these comments,” he said.
The statement provoked another, even fiercer round of backlash.
— Ethan Hutchins (@ehutchinsnews) March 13, 2021
My granddaddy was a diabetic. He had to take insulin shots regularly. He would become disoriented…he wouldn’t become racist. Racism is not a side effect of diabetes. Don’t let a white man tell you differently. Matt Rowan called those ladies, f***** n****ers. Insulin pic.twitter.com/xSMn2JGtGy
— Ameshia Cross (@AmeshiaCross) March 13, 2021
I realize I’m new to the whole Diabetes thing, but Matt Rowan, when I spike, I don’t become the Grand Wizard of the KKK. I usually just get a little hangry.
— Mr. Newberger (@jeremynewberger) March 12, 2021
And to be clear, F*CK Matt Rowan in every way, every day. F*ck that apology, f*ck that excuse, f*ck him again for good measure.
— Jabari Ali Davis (@JabariDavisNBA) March 13, 2021
#MattRowan’s FULL statement is below. My favorite part of his 💩 is:
“While the comments I made would certainly seem to indicate that I’m racist…”
Yeah, Matt. Calling players kneeling N*ggers certainly does indicate that.
And though you don’t BELEIVE you are — you ARE.
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) March 13, 2021
So now people are blaming being racist on them having diabetes? I really don’t know what this world has come to 🤦🏾♂️
— Dylan Ennis (@canadiankidDJE) March 13, 2021
Diabetes doesn’t cause racism.
— Dr. Seema Yasmin (@DoctorYasmin) March 13, 2021
You get the picture.
It seems unlikely that Rowan’s company, OSPN, will ever be contracted again by Norman Public Schools, let alone any school district.
“We condemn and will not tolerate the disgusting words and attitudes of these announcers. This type of hate speech has no place in our society and we are outraged that it would be directed at any human being, and particularly at our students,” NPS Superintendent Dr. Nick Migliorino reportedly said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association has launched an investigation and vowed to not run anymore televised events this season, according to The Washington Post.