MUSKEGON, Mich. — A volunteer announcer at Muskegon Catholic Central has been terminated for making what the school is calling racially charged statements.
In a statement to the community, MCC President Ken R. Rasp announced the termination. "...I write to publicly apologize to the Lady Tigers, their families and the Muskegon Heights school community."
Volunteer coach Tracy Lorenz made a post on Facebook saying "Every year Catholic Central has me announce exactly ONE girl's basketball game. For the second year in a row it's Muskegon Heights." Lorenz posted a photo of the roster with a list of names containing apostrophes.
Then, in a comment to his own post, he said "These are actually MUCH better than last year."
In his letter sent to parents, Rasp said, "I was stunned when I read what was written. I am saddened by this blatant disregard for the dignity of these young student-athletes."
13 ON YOUR SIDE spoke with Lorenz on the phone. He didn't want to talk at length but did say, "I apologize to the school and everyone else that was offended."
President Rasp finished his letter by saying, "We are excited about welcoming the Lady Tigers to Cioe Gym tomorrow evening to play the Lady Crusaders. Our hope is that the game allows the two teams the opportunity to show the joy of competition and sportsmanship."
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