Video Reveals Laguna Hills High Fan Makes Racist Remarks About Portola Player At Basketball Game – Orange County Register
Racist comments apparently made by at least one Laguna Hills High School student against a black player from the Portola boys’ basketball team have been circulating on social media in recent days.
The remarks were made during Laguna Hills and Portola’s college game Friday night at Portola High in Irvine. They were captured on video shot by Portola’s basketball program, which had a camera placed in the stands near a group of Laguna Hills fans.
The comments were made about Portola senior guard Makai Brown, who is black, while shooting free throws and at other times during the game.
Comments directed at Brown were heard clearly on portions of the video viewed by the Registry. They included a series of racial epithets, including references to chains, slavery, and an animal.
Brown’s mother, Sabrina Little-Brown, shared the video and discussed it on her Instagram account.
The Saddleback Valley Unified School District sent a statement to the district community which included, “The student has been counseled, and immediate and appropriate consequences and discipline have occurred.”
Little-Brown described how her son found out about the remarks.
“Saturday morning before practice my son was watching the movie of the game like he always does. He came into my room STUNNED,” she wrote. “What he heard being addressed to him at 100 % is contained in this video, but these disgusting racial slurs continued throughout the game. Needless to say, our family is angry.
Little-Brown added that her son “was the victim of verbal abuse and aggressive behavior by Laguna Hills head coach David Yates” and that her husband confronted Yates about it during the game. . Little-Brown’s post said the incident led to the “assistant coach (Laguna Hills)” telling her husband to “‘meet him outside in the parking lot after the game’ and of course my husband responded. His verbal response resulted in him (her husband) being escorted out of the game.
Laguna Hills athletic director Scott Wilford said Monday that Laguna Hills High is aware of the video.
“It doesn’t represent our community,” Wilford said. “What was said is reprehensible.”
Wilford said further comments from Laguna Hills High should come from the school’s principal, Bill Hinds. As of Tuesday evening, Hinds had not responded to requests for comment.
Yates said Little-Brown’s version of events regarding him was inaccurate.
“There’s a lot more to the whole incident that I’m not allowed to share,” Yates said.
Regarding the comments, which Yates said he heard when he reviewed the video, Yates said, “Of course they are disgusting. They do not represent the school, the district, or our basketball program.
The Laguna Hills varsity boys’ basketball game scheduled for Tuesday night has been postponed, Wilford said. Laguna Hills was scheduled to play a home game against Woodbridge on Tuesday.
Laguna Hills, Portola and Woodbridge play in the Pacific Coast League. On Friday, first-place Portola beat fourth-place Laguna Hills, 58-48.
The video was released Monday night at the Irvine council meeting by council member Anthony Kuo. Brown was in the audience for the reunion.
“We have your back,” Kuo told Brown. “We have your team’s back.”
Kuo said he and Irvine council member Tammy Kim spoke to Irvine Unified School District leaders and Laguna Hills council members about the possibility that Laguna Hills High and the Saddleback Valley Unified School District speak at the event. Laguna Hills is a Saddleback Valley Unified School.
Other board members expressed similar support for the player and the team, and said such occurrences could not be tolerated.
“We do not tolerate hate speech or hate incidents in any way,” Mayor Farrah Khan said.
– Heather McRea, City Editor of the Orange County Register, contributed to this story.