Steve April 14, 2021
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A Black high school football player is seen on video sitting down in a locker room next to banana peels after his teammates threatened to break his knees if he didin’t listen, according to the Associated Press and NBC News.  

The incident took place at a northwest Illinois high school. Detectives spoke to student-athletes, coaches and other staff members and turned over what they found to prosecutors, Moline Police Chief Darren Gault said.  

The player’s teammates are Black and of different races than the student, according to Gault.  

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“Regardless of these facts, we all agree that this is a disgusting way to treat a fellow teammate, a fellow human being and most certainly a friend,” he said.  

 The unidentified student said in a statement to KWQC through Rock Island County State Attorney Dora Villarreal:  

“I want to make it known that I’m fine,” the student said. “Everyone is worried about me and showing concern for me and I really appreciate it. Second, can everyone please stop talking about the incident and video? I understand everyone wants justice for me and they want what they think is right to be done, but I already made my feelings known to the police and my friends about how I feel about everything. I love the football team I’m on and they’re good guys. I know that personally. I talked to the people involved individually and they apologized. We had a heartfelt talk about it and I told them how I felt. So please don’t harass, bully, or threaten them at all. Lastly, I want to get my life back together and my student-athlete life back on track, so if you do ever see me or know who I am, treat me as a human first, not a victim.” 

The investigation into the incident is reportedly ongoing, but public details of the event can’t be released yet, according to the Moline-Coal Valley School District Superintendent Rachel Savage.  

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A Black high school football player is seen on video sitting down in a locker room next to banana peels after his teammates threatened to break his knees if he didin’t listen, according to the Associated Press and NBC News.  

The incident took place at a northwest Illinois high school. Detectives spoke to student-athletes, coaches and other staff members and turned over what they found to prosecutors, Moline Police Chief Darren Gault said.  

The player’s teammates are Black and of different races than the student, according to Gault.  

RELATED: Announcer calls Oklahoma girls basketball team the N-word for kneeling during national anthem, blames diabetes

“Regardless of these facts, we all agree that this is a disgusting way to treat a fellow teammate, a fellow human being and most certainly a friend,” he said.  

 The unidentified student said in a statement to KWQC through Rock Island County State Attorney Dora Villarreal:  

“I want to make it known that I’m fine,” the student said. “Everyone is worried about me and showing concern for me and I really appreciate it. Second, can everyone please stop talking about the incident and video? I understand everyone wants justice for me and they want what they think is right to be done, but I already made my feelings known to the police and my friends about how I feel about everything. I love the football team I’m on and they’re good guys. I know that personally. I talked to the people involved individually and they apologized. We had a heartfelt talk about it and I told them how I felt. So please don’t harass, bully, or threaten them at all. Lastly, I want to get my life back together and my student-athlete life back on track, so if you do ever see me or know who I am, treat me as a human first, not a victim.” 

The investigation into the incident is reportedly ongoing, but public details of the event can’t be released yet, according to the Moline-Coal Valley School District Superintendent Rachel Savage.  

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