An assistant football coach for Southlake (Texas) Carroll is accused of using a racial slur toward a DeSoto (Texas) player during the fourth quarter of a playoff game Friday night.
Carroll ISD and DeSoto ISD officials are investigating the allegation, according to statements from both districts.
“It is unfortunate that an assistant coach on the Southlake Carroll coaching staff decided to trump the activities on the field and created a distraction laced with a racial epithet that was not only disrespectful to the members of the DeSoto Eagles football team, but also to the hard work and effort of the Southlake Carroll Dragons,” DeSoto ISD board vice president Aubrey Hooper said in a statement to News 8.
DeSoto ISD has asked the UIL to look into the matter.
In a comment on a post on the Carroll ISD Facebook page, the district said it had “no facts” to prove the claim true, but denounced the alleged behavior.
“Use of that type derogatory language would not be condoned and does not align with our Dragon core values,” the district said.
No. 4 DeSoto won the Class 6A Division II area round playoff game, 48-30, Friday at Kimbrough Stadium.