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Wings, PA announcer apologize after racist remarks toward Georgia Swarm player

Sunday, 13th January 2019

Categories Boy's/Men's, Pro, Posted 1/13/19
Staff Report

The Philadelphia Wings organization and their PA announcer apologized after the announcer made racist remarks about Georgia Swarm forward Lyle Thompson during Saturday night’s loss at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Wings issued this statement: “The Philadelphia Wings are deeply apologetic for the insensitive words that were chosen by our in-arena host during last night’s game against the Georgia Swarm.

“We immediately addressed the inadvertent yet offensive occurrence and are taking the situation very seriously. The Wings do not tolerate discrimination of any sort and are taking swift disciplinary and education measures to ensure that this does not happen again.”

Wings public address announcer Shawny Hill also apologized on Twitter:

“My words were poorly chosen and were not intended as racially motivated,” he said. ” … My words do not reflect my personal beliefs, but represent a lack of knowledge on heritage and history.”

Hill said this over the P.A. system: “Let’s snip the ponytail.”

Thompson, who is of Iroquois descent and from the Onondaga Reservation in central New York, said on Twitter on Saturday night that fans began to yell at him, “saying they’re going to scalp me.”

Thompson decried the remarks on Twitter, saying he had not heard these types of remarks since high school: “I know Philly takes pride in their ruthless fans but I didn’t know it was like that lol…. now I know.. just haven’t heard stuff like this since HS.”

The National Lacrosse League issued a statement, saying “The League and all of our Member Clubs have a zero tolerance policy for any derogatory or discriminatory statements made. The statements made by the Wings in arena host were inappropriate and the necessary disciplinary action will be taken swiftly.”


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