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Kansas high school coach, accused of racial slur, fired

A Kansas school board fired a Pete Flood, a baseball coach at Olathe North High School, for...
A Kansas school board fired a Pete Flood, a baseball coach at Olathe North High School, for allegedly using a racial slur toward a Black player.(Olathe North High School)
Updated: May. 10, 2021 at 11:58 AM CDT
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OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas school board has fired a high school baseball coach for allegedly using a racial slur toward a Black player.

The Olathe board met Monday morning and announced the firing of Olathe North High School Coach Pete Flood, the Kansas City Star reported.

The father of the team’s only Black player told the Star last week that his son was playing rap music through speakers during batting practice before a recent game. Tony Banks said Flood walked up to Banks’ son and used a racial slur in describing rap music.

Banks shared the story on social media, prompting an outcry to fire Flood and prohibit him from coaching again. Flood had been on administrative leave since Friday. He does not have a listed phone number. School Board President Joe Beveridge called the comment “inexcusable on every level.”

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