Video shows Black player forced to sit near banana peels

Video shows Black player forced to sit near banana peels Photo: WDIO-TV file

The Associated Press
Created: April 12, 2021 03:18 PM

A Black football player at a northwest Illinois high school is seen on video sitting down in a locker littered with banana peels after a teammate threatens to break his knees if he doesn't comply.

Moline Police Chief Darren Gault called the incident at Moline High School a "disturbing racist scene." Detectives interviewed student athletes, coaches and staff members over the weekend and turned their findings over to prosecutors.

The investigation centers on an 11-second video clip in which another player, whose hand can be seen but face doesn't appear, threatens the Black player to sit in the locker "or I'll break both your knees."

When the player sits down, others can be heard shouting, "Yeah!"

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