A Kansas City basketball coach has been placed on administrative leave after being caught making wildly insensitive remarks on a cell phone video, with the student involved subsequently filing a racial harassment complaint against the coach.
As reported by the Kansas City Star and KCTV News, among other outlets, Marcus Williams Sr. and his son, Marcus Williams Jr., filed a racial harassment suit against the Winnetonka School District after Winnetonka (Kan.) High basketball coach Derek Howard called the younger Williams a “future welfare recipient” while the student was posing for a picture in a school hallway, then repeated the comments while Williams filmed him on his cell phone.
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Here’s how Marcus Williams Jr. described the incident to KCTV:
“[Howard] was doing a daily jog and he stopped and he said, ‘Hey, take a picture and then at the bottom: future welfare recipient,’” the student said. “I just felt belittled, crushed and utterly discouraged.”
Marcus Williams said this comment was typical of those he has endured for the past two years. So he grabbed his cell phone and asked his coach to repeat his remarks.
The coach can be heard laughing and saying, “Future welfare recipient who? Students that don’t get good grades.”