White App State Tennis Player Suspended After Telling Black Player: “At Least I Know My Dad”

via App State Sports

Appalachian State freshman tennis player Spencer Brown has been suspended for allegedly making racist remarks to North Carolina A&T player John Wilson IV during their match over the weekend. Wilson went on Twitter after their match to call out Brown for telling him, “At least I know my dad.” He added that App State’s coach got in on the racism as well:

Hey #NCAT this is Spencer brown, a tennis player at Appalachian state. During our match today, along with other racist comments, Spencer told me, “At least I know my dad.” Their coach responded by saying, “..we have a black guy on our team.”

Black twitter, do ya thing. pic.twitter.com/ZRN61zCU2n

— John Wilson IV (@jpheze) January 29, 2018

On Monday, Appalachian State announced in a statement they suspended Brown indefinitely for his behavior:

After yesterday’s men’s tennis match, an Appalachian State student-athlete engaged in behavior that was derogatory and offensive. This student-athlete has been suspended indefinitely from the team, effectively immediately, for violating the student-athlete discipline policy. We have reached out to #NCAT to convey our apologies on behalf of Appalachian State athletics and the university for the conduct of this member of the team.

Statement from App State Athletics: pic.twitter.com/pvDw3SveyV

— App State Athletics (@appstatesports) January 29, 2018

Wilson took to Twitter again to thank Appalachian State, and also mentioned dealing with remarks like this is nothing new for him:

Update: Even though I have yet to be reached out personally from the administration of Appalachian State. The athletics program suspended Spencer indefinitely! Thank you all for the help, this is something I’ve always dealt with being a black tennis player. #NCAT pic.twitter.com/9MqHvTe6fR

— John Wilson IV (@jpheze) January 29, 2018

Brown’s profile on App State notes he was a four-star recruit out of high school and top-100 in the country.