Moment basketball team from a predominantly Latino high school has TORTILLAS thrown at them after losing championship game
- Orange Glen High School’s boys basketball team had tortillas tossed at them after losing to Coronado High School
- The incident began when the two schools’ coaching staff were arguing after the game ended
- Orange Glen’s head coach Chris Featherly said Coronado’s coach made derogatory comments at him and his team
- Orange Glen is a predominately Latino school, Coronado is predominantly white
- The Coronado Police Department reprimanded the man who brought the tortillas and opened an investigation into the incident
A basketball team from a predominantly Latino high school in San Diego had tortillas thrown at them in an altercation following their loss in a championship game.
Orange Glen High School, which was taking on Coronado High School in the team’s title game last Saturday night, had tortillas thrown at them by people in the stands and by two Coronado players, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
‘The Trustees of the Coronado Unified School District acknowledge these acts to be egregious, demeaning and disrespectful,’ the Coronado school board said in issuing an apology to Orange Glen for the incident.
Corando’s school district serves predominately white students.
One person brought tortillas with him to the gym for the game between Coronado and Orange Glen
Screenshots from a video on social media show the players and fans getting into it on the floor
The trustees said they condemned ‘the racism, classism and colorism which fueled the actions of the perpetrators.’
The incident began after Coronado had defeated Orange Glen 60-57 on their home floor.
According to those in attendance, the game had featured several heated moments between the two teams before the buzzer had sounded.
Chris Featherly, Orange Glen’s head coach, said that Cornado coach JD Laaperi made insensitive comments toward him and his players after the game ended.
Featherly confronted Laaperi, which is when the tortilla hurling began.
Police were called to help come clear the gym as things escalated. While there, they found the person who brought the tortillas to the game which has led to an investigation.
A tortilla is seen being thrown at a Orange Glen player in the middle of the altercation
The situation from the tortilla throwing escalated once the game between Orange Glen and Coronado had ended in overtime
Laaperi took to Twitter on Saturday to give his thoughts on the incident, saying ‘unfortunately a community member brought tortillas and distributed them which was unacceptable and racist in nature. I do not condone this behavior. Coronado High School does not condone this behavior and is already taking appropriate action.’
California State Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez even chimed in on the situation tweeting, ‘Parents in SD County know that racist taunts against Latino athletes are too commonplace. It’s time to stop it.’
She has also called for the California Interscholastic Federation to strip Coronado of its title or sanction them for their actions.
Coronado’s head coach JD Laaperi tweeted about the incident calling it ‘unacceptable and racist in nature’