Spencer Brown, A White (Now Former) Tennis Player At Appalachian State, Told His Black Opponent "At Least I Know My Dad" Mid-Match
NYPost- A white men’s college tennis player has been suspended after a black opponent tweeted that his on-court rival told him “at least I know my dad” during their weekend match.
Appalachian State University in North Carolina issued a statement Monday saying Spencer Brown, who’s white, was suspended indefinitely after Sunday’s match with North Carolina A&T State University, a historically black college. Appalachian State apologized in its statement, calling the conduct “derogatory and offensive.”
John Wilson, the black player who is also A&T’s senior class president, said Brown made other offensive comments during Sunday’s NCAA Division I match. The tweet included a photo of Brown.
“After yesterday’s men’s tennis match, an Appalachian State student-athlete engaged in behavior that was derogatory and offensive,” Appalachian State said in a release. “This student-athlete has been suspended indefinitely from the team, effective immediately, for violating the student-athlete discipline policy."
Shit Toto, looks like someone's not within the predominantly white, extremely judgmental walls of his daddy's country club anymore!
Now, if I were dealt the impossible and unfortunate task of defending the sheltered, spoiled teenager that decided to interrupt a gentleman's game with something as unbecoming as overt racism, I would probably say that the whole reason Spencer Brown got into tennis was so that he wouldn't happen upon anyone that looked differently than him. College is a learning experience and there's just no way this freshman had to worry about crafting his insults based on anything other than an inferior taste in loafers when he was serving on behalf of some upscale private high school. Imagine his surprise when he encountered an intimidating group of black dudes that were suspiciously awaiting him on the court as opposed to be closely trailed throughout the pro shop.
Admittedly, that's a pretty shitty attempt at damage control that's about as likely to slow the roll of Black Twitter in indicting him on prejudice fuck boi charges as a Pepe meme, but what do you expect? When you bring up the socioeconomic problems that disproportionally plague the African American community out of pure frustration following a double fault you lose the right to form a guest list of people who are allowed to get in on destroying your reputation.
This may come as a surprise to both Spencer Brown and a Head Coach who are both still getting used to this whole "dark-skinned athlete playing a racquet sport" phenomenon, but having a token on the roster doesn't give you automatic access to his/her black card. So maybe, just maybe, let's assume going forward that all opponents - regardless of race, color, or creed - have maintained some sort of mutually beneficial relationship with their father. If for no other reason than because failing to do so is a pretty good way to get your mentions flooded, your ass whooped, and your college career rapidly disposed of.