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Norman High School players decided to take a knee during the national anthem in Oklahoma, USA on Thursday prior to their play-off game with Midwest City.
Broadcaster Matt Rowan was involved with the NFHS Network stream and could be heard addressing the gesture.
Per RT.com, Rowan said: "They're kneeling? F**king n*****s. I hope Norman gets their ass kicked. F**k them. I hope they lose. They're gonna kneel like that?"
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
The clip has since emerged on social media and caused outrage among fans who are in disbelief at the language used.
Rowan has addressed the controversy in a statement and made reference to his sugar levels spiking, while also claiming he believed his microphone was off.
He said per OKCFox: "I, Matt Rowan, on Thursday March 11 2021, most regrettably made some statements that cannot be taken back.
"During the Norman High School girls basketball game vs Midwest City, I made inappropriate and racist comments believing that the microphone was off; however, let me state immediately that is no excuse such comments never should have been uttered.
Today an attorney for that broadcaster has confirmed his name as Matt Rowan. He has released a statement apologizing for his comments @KTULNews pic.twitter.com/XVzTSIM0RC
- Ethan Hutchins (@ehutchinsnews) March 13, 2021
"I am married, have two children and at one time was a youth pastor. I continue to be a member of a Baptist church.
"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."
Rowan has since been removed from the rest of the tournament.
The National Federation of State High School Network have said they will be cutting ties with the broadcasters.
A statement read: "The NFHS Network firmly condemns racism, hate and discrimination, and there is no room for this in high school sports or anywhere..
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