Racial Slurs And A Brawl Stop A Massachusetts High School Football Game

Screen Shot Of Scuffle Between Roxbury Prep and Georgetown Middle School Football Game

Massachusetts sports has always carried a thin veneer of proper social construct that can quickly be shattered with the sway of the score.

However, the vulgarity show prevalent in professional sports fans at the famed Fenway Park and the Boston Garden has crept into Massachusetts high school sports.

Culture Clash

According to The Washington Post, a game between the Roxbury Prep High School Wolves and the Georgetown Middle High School Royals got rowdy after racial slurs were hurled.

The litany of racially charged insults ran the gamut from monkey noises and derogatory slurs to the ultimate trigger, the N-word. Eventually, a fight broke out over a barrage of racial slurs.

Roxbury is a historic Black and Latino neighborhood in Boston. It is one of three significant neighborhoods for Black and Brown people in the city, with Dorchester and Jamaica Plain.

Georgetown Middle School is a public school located in Georgetown, Massachusetts, in a large suburban setting. The school’s student body is 96.6 percent white and 1.9 percent Black and 1.5 percent Latino.

Roxbury Prep’s student body is 97 percent, Black and Latino.

In The Eye Of The Storm

The Washington Post described how Willie McGinnis, the Roxbury head coach, detailed the incident.

McGinnis and his assistant coaches reported the slurs and harassment in the Sept. 17 game.

McGinnis also serves as the school’s dean of students.

Just before halftime, one of his players said a member of the opposition called him the N-word twice. According to McGinnis, he reported the incident to the head referee and one of his assistants.

The ref promised to speak to the Royals. But McGinnis wasn’t sure that “the seriousness of the situation took hold.” The concerned coach told his players during halftime that they should respond “using our pads.”

But the harassment didn’t stop.

When Things Fall Apart

After halftime, more Roxbury players reported Georgetown players hurling racial slurs; Wolves players were even being compared to apes and monkeys.

Then, allegedly, the Georgetown fans got closer behind the visiting players’ bench to interact with Wolves players. Once an assistant coach instructed fans to distance themselves, he was also called the N-word.

The Roxbury parents reportedly tried to form a blockade between the players and the crowd. But it wasn’t enough. Eventually, tensions boiled over, and a brawl broke out in the third quarter on the field between the teams.

Even when McGinnis and the Wolves coaches went to break it up, they heard a Royals player repeat the N-word. Although McGinnis wanted the game to continue, he decided to pull his team out after the harassment continued.

The Fallout

The walk back to the locker rooms was another point of contention. The N-word rolled fast and hard. Eventually, the Roxbury players were escorted out of town by Georgetown police.

The Georgetown Public Schools superintendent reportedly is working with school officials and the Georgetown Police Department and is planning to bring in an independent investigator.

Prejudiced mouths turned into ‘Twitter fingers’ with online beef between the schools as videos of the fights hit social media. Then the accusations of an administrator-to-student brutality arose.

Georgetown residents and supporters accused McGinnis and another coach of pulling and throwing a Georgetown player to the ground in a Facebook group.

“I’m still numb, but this is America,” Roxbury assistant coach Jamaal Hunt said on Facebook. “The fact that there was nothing I could do to protect my boys hurt the most. I broke down, I watched racism ruin something that was supposed to be good to them.”

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.