Principal: Official made “racially-charged comment” at a City High basketball coach

Published: Jan. 24, 2023 at 5:16 PM CST
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG) - Iowa City High principal John Bacon said a game official directed a “racially-charged comment” at a City High boys basketball coach during a basketball game Monday night at Fairfield High School.

The Iowa City Athletic Officials Association has denied such comments.

According to an email from City High Principal John Bacon, the City High coaches took the players off the floor, and received a police escort to the locker room, bus, and out of town. This happened at a game between Fairfield and City High on Monday night, which Fairfield won 77-63.

According to Explore Southeast Iowa, City High head coach Brennan Swayzer was ejected from the game in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, a City High player shoved a Fairfield player, causing a bench-clearing scrum.

The Iowa City Athletic Officials Association says no such comment occurred. In a statement to TV9, the ICAOA said:

The Fairfield Community School District also issued a statement confirming that the City High team took a police escort out of the gym and out of town.

Executive Director Tom Keating says the IHSAA is aware of the incident, but is waiting for the schools to finish their investigations before deciding if it wants to get involved.

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