'Hateful' speech, racial comments alleged following New York lacrosse game

'Hateful' speech, racial comments alleged following New York lacrosse game

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'Hateful' speech, racial comments alleged following New York lacrosse game

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Members of the Fairport varsity lacrosse team allegedly used racial slurs after a game against Brighton on Tuesday, according to an email from Brighton Athletic Director Fritz Kilian. (Photo: Max Schulte, Democrat and Chronicle)

Members of the Fairport varsity lacrosse team allegedly used racial slurs after a game against Brighton on Tuesday, according to an email from Brighton Athletic Director Fritz Kilian. (Photo: Max Schulte, Democrat and Chronicle)

Members of the Fairport (N.Y.) varsity lacrosse team allegedly used racial slurs after a game against Brighton (Rochester, N.Y.) on Tuesday, according to an email from Brighton Athletic Director Fritz Kilian.

The email, sent Tuesday night to parents of players on the lacrosse team, reads:

“Earlier this evening I received phone calls from the Fairport athletic director and their head boys varsity lacrosse coach. I also spoke with Coach (Cory) Holbrough. Hurtful and racial comments were directed at our team from members of the Fairport varsity lacrosse team. The purpose of their phone calls to me was to inform me that they were aware of what transpired and the action that they were to be taking over the next eight hours. I wanted all of you to be aware that both schools are taking this extremely seriously.”

The message did not specify what the comments were.

In a statement issued Wednesday morning, Brighton Superintendent Kevin McGowan said: “Hateful speech of any kind in any way has no place in society much less in interscholastic activities. … Our coaches, parents, and players are aware, as are their counterparts at Fairport, of reports of hateful speech being used at a game Tuesday evening. It is our understanding that the issue is being investigated and followed up on expeditiously. We appreciate (Fairport’s) responsiveness as well.”

Read more at the Democrat and Chronicle.

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