Announcer calls Oklahoma girls basketball team the N-word for kneeling during national anthem, blames diabetes

The production network ended its relationship with the broadcast team

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Norman High Girl's Varsity Basketball Team Norman High Girl's Basketball team kneeling before a game. Photo Credit: Norman High School.

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An Oklahoma girl’s high school announcer is receiving backlash after he was caught hurling a racist expletive at players kneeling during the national anthem. 

“They’re kneeling? F—–g N—–s, I hope Norman gets their a– kicked. F–k them. I hope they lose. They’re gonna kneel like that?” Matt Rowan said about the Norman High School girls’ basketball team who knelt right before their matchup with Midwest City High School.

The incident was livestreamed on the National Federation of State High School Network (NFHS), which produced the livestream.  

Rowan, 44, apologized for his remarks, blaming his alleged spiking sugar levels.   

“I will state that I suffer Type 1 Diabetes and during the game my sugar was spiking,” Rowan said in a statement on Friday. “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.” 

“I’m absolutely speechless for my rhetoric. I want to offer my deepest apologies to these girls because I hurt them,” he told TMZ Sports.  

Norman High School basketball coach Frankie Parks tweeted a video of the incident on Friday night. 

“Tell us how you really feel!! THIS IS WHY THEY KNEEL!!!,” he wrote.  

In a statement released on Friday, NFHS apologized to the students, saying that they condemned “racism, hate and discrimination.”  

According to the New York Post, the network severed its relationship with the broadcast crew. 

The Norman High School Tigers went on to win the game and became the Oklahoma state champions.