Alamo Heights Basketball Fans Reprimanded After 'U-S-A' Chant Deemed Racist (VIDEO)
Fans from a mostly white high school basketball team in Texas were forced to apologize for chanting "U-S-A" after a victory against a mostly Latino team.
According to an MSNBC.com report, Alamo Heights Superintendent Kevin Brown apologized to San Antonio Independent School District officials and the students involved in the chanting will not be allowed attend the team's remaining state title games.
The incident has sparked controversy, with many calling the school and the coach's response, "an overreaction," according to the Daily Mail.
Although local stations report that the rival team's school of Edison High School is 96% Latino, students from Alamo Heights claim that fans have chanted "U-S-A" in games against non-minority players as well.
Leslie Price, a representative from the San Antonio Independent School District said in an interview with Fox News that, "the implication [of the chant] is they are not American citizens."
"We understand competitiveness and rivalry, but you need to choose your words and think about the meaning behind them," she added.
What do you think? Was the chant insensitive? Leave your comments below.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article stated that Alamo Heights players participated in the chant. The chant came from Alamo Heights fans.