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A former youth pastor who called a girls basketball team the N-word for kneeling during the National Anthem has been dropped by four sponsors.

The incident happened last week during a high school state basketball quarterfinals championship game between undefeated Norman High School and Midwest City in Oklahoma.

"They're kneeling? F*** them," said Matt Rowan who announced the game for the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. "I hope Norman gets their ass kicked," he said.

Seconds later, Rowan, who believed his microphone was turned off, said, "Did they even salute the flag?" "F***ing ni**ers."

Norman's basketball coach shared the audio clip on Twitter on Friday: "Hey @NFHSNetwork looks like you forgot to cut the Mic!!! 'F****** N******' is the one that really got me!! Tell us how you really feel!! THIS IS WHY THEY KNEEL!!!"

Following the public backlash, Rowan released a statement blaming his inappropriate language on a spike in his high blood sugar level:

"I will state that I suffer Type I Diabetes and during the game my sugar was spiking," he wrote. "While not excusing my remarks, it is not unusual when my sugar spikes that I become disoriented and often say things that are not appropriate as well as hurtful."

Racism is not a known symptom of diabetes type 1 or 2.

Rowan's statement only infuriated the cancel culture who flooded the social media accounts of his sponsors.

Rowan owns American Lock Shop and OSPN in Tahlequah, OK. His sponsors include Fastenal, ALL Designs, X-Press Stop and Chris Pruitt Auto Sales. All four companies announced they were ending their partnerships with Rowan over the weekend.

Fastenal, a wholesale distributor of construction supplies, tweeted on Friday: "We do not support this type of behavior and have officially severed ties with Matt Rowan and OSPN Live."

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A basketball announcer is in hot water for using racial slurs while Black basketball players kneeled during a high school basketball game.

The incident occurred during a high school girls basketball game between Norman high School and Midwest City teams in Oklahoma.

Two announcers were heard on an open microphone criticizing the players for kneeling during the National Anthem.

"They're kneeling? F*** them," said one announcer. "I hope Norman gets their ass kicked," he said.

After clarifying that Norman players were kneeling, he said, "F*** them, I hope they lose."

A few seconds later, he asked the other announcer, "Did they even salute the flag?" "F***ing ni**ers."

The announcer who made the racist remarks was later identified as Matt Rowan.

In a statement released following the public backlash on Thursday, Rowan said he didn't realize his mic was open.

He said he was a Type I Diabetic and he blamed a spike in his blood sugar levels for his "inappropriate and racist" language.

"I will state that I suffer Type I Diabetes and during the game my sugar was spiking," he wrote. "While not excusing my remarks, it is not unusual when my sugar spikes that I become disoriented and often say things that are not appropriate as well as hurtful."

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Norman's basketball coach shared the audio clip on Twitter on Friday: "Hey @NFHSNetwork looks like you forgot to cut the Mic!!! 'F****** N******' is the one that really got me!! Tell us how you really feel!! THIS IS WHY THEY KNEEL!!!"

Norman Public Schools Superintendent Nick Migliorino sent out an email to parents, explaining that the "announcers were contracted by (the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association) for the state tournament."

He said the district "will not tolerate the disgusting words and attitudes"... "We fully support our students' right to freedom of expression and our immediate focus is to support these girls and their coaches and families, particularly our Black students and coaching staff. It is tragic that the hard work and skill of this team is being overshadowed by the vile, malignant words of these individuals."

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Dwyane Wade's eldest son, Zaire Wade, has decided what school to transfer to after riding the bench with LeBron James's son Bronny James, at Sierra Academy.

Zaire, who will graduate from Sierra, will play a postgraduate year at Brewster rather than enter college.

Last year, social media bloggers claimed Dwyane Wade was unhappy with Andre Chevalier, the head coach of Sierra Canyon, over the lack of playing time for his son.

Wade, 38, was reportedly unhappy with the attention lavished on Bronny, a rising star freshman on the highly touted boys basketball team.

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According to a published report, Wade argued with Chevalier about playing his son more. The same report claims Wade was considering transferring Zaire to another high school where he is not outshined by better caliber players.

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Everywhere the Trailblazers went this season, the media hordes followed LeBron James's son Bronny, 15.

It was all too much for Zaire and his father. Now Zaire has announced he will take his talents to Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.

The 17-year-old announced his decision to little fanfare on Instagram.com.

He posted a mock photo of himself wearing a Brewster Academy uniform. He captioned the image: "Told em it's another route, ima take the other way .. #NextStep."

One rude follower said Zaire's announcement would have received more press attention if he came out as transgender like his little brother, Zaya Wade.
 

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Last year, social media bloggers claimed retired NBA star Dwyane Wade was unhappy with the head coach of his son, Zaire Wade's basketball team. It seems the reports were true.

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Wade, 38, is reportedly unhappy with the attention lavished on LeBron James's son Bronny James (pictured), a rising star on the highly touted Sierra Canyon High School basketball team.

Before Zaire suffered a foot injury in early December, Wade reportedly had a heated argument with Sierra Canyon head coach Andre Chevalier over Zaire not getting enough playing time.

When Zaire recovered from his injury, he still didn't get the coveted playing time that Wade is paying for.

Wade, who was hired by TNT as a sports analyst, was asked whether he would attend Saturday's State Championship game.

"I will not be there. My son ain't playing and I don't want to do nothing to the coach," he said, suggesting they might come to blows. He added, "I won't be there but I'll be rooting for the kids."

Wade's conflict with the head coach threatens to drive a wedge between Wade and James, 35, who is staying out of the drama.

Zaire was touted to follow in his superstar dad's footsteps. But he has not lived up to the hype at Sierra Canyon. That's a hard pill to swallow for Wade who lives vicariously though his children.

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According to a published report, Wade argued with Chevalier about playing his son more. The same report claims Wade was considering transferring Zaire to another high school where he is not outshined by better caliber players.

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Everywhere the 30-4 Trailblazers went this season, the media hordes followed LeBron James's son Bronny.

Zaire, a 17-year-old senior, and Bronny, a 15-year-old freshman, are bench players on a team that boasts Amari Bailey, the No. 6 high school player in the nation, and Brandon Boston Jr., a five-star recruit heading to Kentucky next year.

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Wade and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, 47, pictured with Zaire, share 19-month-old daughter Kaavia James, and Wade fathered a son, Xavier, 6, with his fan, Aja Metoyer, 36.

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LeBron James was in attendance at a sold out high school game between Sierra Canyon (California) and Paul VI Catholic School at a tournament in Springfield, MA on Monday.

LeBron's son, LeBron James Jr, aka Bronny, 15, is a freshman guard for Sierra Canyon, an elite private school in California where the tuition costs $37,000 per year.

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40 police officers worked the game at Springfield College to provide extra security for the NBA superstar and 4,000 basketball fans who paid to see the progeny of LeBron (Bronny) and Dwyane Wade (Zaire Wade) play for Sierra.

Late in the 3rd quarter, while Bronny was waiting to make an inbound pass, a young fan pelted him with a piece of candy.

LeBron, 35, sat about 50 feet away shaking his head slowly as the game was stopped so police officers could eject the fan who threw the Starburst candy.

Bronny, who has not started for Sierra this season, took two shots during the game, missing both.

He is averaging 2 points per game this season. His play seems to be affected by the intense pressure he is under. ESPN aired the game live on ESPNU network.

"You'd be surprised by all the stuff Bronny has to go through," said teammate Ziaire Williams. "It's not fair, but he doesn't let it faze him at all. I'm learning how to be more like that from him and he's younger than me."

A boy took to YouTube.com to apologize and take responsibility for the candy toss. The unidentified boy claimed to be a Lakers and LeBron fan.

"Hi James family. I just want to apologize that I threw an orange peel at Bronny."

But another video posted on Twitter.com shows a toddler throwing the candy at Bronny.

LeBron vented his frustration on Twitter.com. "Hating has no age limit! #JamesGang is build [sic] for it and well equipped. As we proceed."

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"It's just disrespectful," LeBron said later. "And it was a little kid, too I don't know how old that little kid was. I don't know if he learned that on his own, or her learned it at home."

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LeBron, who took a helicopter to the campus to avoid Boston's traffic, hugged his son after Sierra's loss to Paul VI Catholic School, before heading back to Boston where his Lakers lost 139-107 to the Celtics on Monday night.

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