UPDATED WITH COMMENTS FROM TSSAA
Rutherford County Schools is fully cooperating with the TSSAA’s investigation into an allegation that a racial slur was used toward a player on the visiting team during a basketball game.
TSSAA Assistant Executive Director Matt Gillespie says "TSSAA condemns racism in all forms. Racial epithets have no place in our society, especially not in high school sports. But a rush to judgment, based solely on second-hand reports and stories in media outlets, would be unfair to everyone involved and would be inconsistent with fundamental notions of due process. TSSAA is thoroughly investigating the matter before drawing conclusions or taking action. Until we conclude that investigation, we do not believe it would be fair to any of the people involved for us to offer any further comment."
At no time has Rutherford County Schools been advised that a Smyrna player was accused of making a racial slur. However, the school district is fully cooperating with TSSAA’s investigation and is providing any resources necessary to ensure a thorough investigation. This includes video footage from the game and statements from those who were present.