Ardrey Kell Basketball Player Suspended For Using Racial Slur In Social Media Post

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — School officials say a basketball player for Ardrey Kell used a racial slur in a social media post related to the NCHSAA regional semifinal basketball game between West Charlotte High School and Ardrey Kell High School.

West Charlotte High School beat Ardrey Kell Tuesday 69 to 53. Lines of people wrapped around the school to show support for West Charlotte’s team.

The student-athlete, who hasn’t been identified, has been suspended indefinitely from athletic participation, according to a news release.

CMS released a statement saying,

“Racist behavior and actions are repugnant to educational ideals, contrary to CMS and community values, and will not be tolerated within Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.”

CMS officials say they will continue to investigate and further disciplinary actions may be taken according to the CMS Student Code of Conduct.

The parents of the student-athlete also released a statement to WCCB.

“Sadly, we were made aware [yesterday] afternoon that our son sent a private snap that was screen shot and shared.  The content was highly offensive to West Charlotte High School, our community at large and our friends, family, and his own teammates.  To the many people that rightfully are hurt by his words today, we are incredibly sorry and offer our sincere apologies. 

As a family we are devastated and so is [our son].  While we stand by our son, and love him deeply, we do recognize the wrong and hurt caused by careless words.  We do not believe his words represent who he is as a person, his overall character and his heart towards others.  Being part of a diverse community is significant to our values as a family, but it is clear from today, that there are more conversations to be had as today’s words don’t reflect the tone of our home nor true heart of our son.  [Our son] is ashamed and deeply sorrowful for his word choice.  He has met with his teammates, coaches, and principal and personally apologized.  And for the many who [our son] will never get to speak to regarding today, he is sorry.

There is no excuse for words like this.  [Our son] is firmly aware of  that and holds himself accountable for his careless action.  We as a family, stand by his suspension, and believe firmly that [our son], our family, and prayerfully, our entire community will grow from this.”

The parents of the Ardrey Kell student gave WCCB a statement saying in part:
 “Being part of a diverse community is significant to our values as a family, but it is clear from today, that there are more conversations to be had as today’s words don’t reflect the tone of our home nor true heart of our son.”

This comes on the heels of tension over where the semifinal basketball game would be played.  Typically, the game is played at the school that has the higher seed, which would be West Charlotte High School.  However, officials with the NCHSAA made West Charlotte move the game to Vance due to limited seating.