A California high school was forced to cancel the rest of its football season after a video surfaced of players acting out an apparent “slave auction” with black teammates.
Yuba City Unified schools Superintendent Doreen Osumi said the district received the “disgraceful” video showing members of the River Valley High School varsity football team carrying out the racist act, the Sacramento Bee reported.
“I received a copy of a recording of River Valley High School football team members acting out a reprehensible act of a slave auction,” she said in an email sent to district staff late Thursday, according to the news outlet.
“The recording clearly demonstrates that this situation was orchestrated and organized, which underscores my concern that students spent time contemplating this terrible act without the slightest regard that this action is hateful and hurtful,” Osumi wrote.
“(River Valley players) may argue that it was a joke, and they intended no harm, but the fact is that this is not only harmful, it is disgraceful,” she added.
That video has since leaked out:
It’s not like River Valley got off to the best start. They were 0-6, according to Max Preps.
Once all the discipline is handled, the plan is to field a team for the 2023 H.S. football season.