Lakewood High School. (Lakewood School District)

Lakewood High School. (Lakewood School District)

Alleged racist remarks at basketball game to be investigated

A law firm will look into what transpired at a girls game between Lakewood and Mariner high schools.

LAKEWOOD — The Lakewood and Mukilteo school districts have hired a third-party investigator to look into allegations of discriminatory comments aimed at Black players during a varsity girls basketball game May 20 at Lakewood High School, officials from both districts said Thursday.

The Lakewood School District received a complaint from a Mariner High School girls basketball player about racist comments from the Lakewood crowd, according to Lakewood Superintendent Scott Peacock.

Mariner girls basketball coach Reggie Davis removed his team from the court with about four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of a game that Lakewood was leading 38-35.

The game was live-streamed on YouTube, but the broadcast cuts off with 6 minutes, 38 seconds left in the contest.

Peacock said the video stopped because the game ran past the time frame the stream had been set up for. The varsity contest started about 20 minutes later than its scheduled 7:15 p.m. tipoff.

Lakewood expressed its own concerns about the game, citing overly physical play by Mariner.

The decision to hire a third-party investigator came after leaders from both school districts met last Friday and again Monday, according to Mukilteo School District spokeswoman Diane Bradford.

Simmons Sweeney Smith, a Bellingham-based law firm, is investigating the claims. The firm will review footage from the game and interview coaches and players from each team, as well as the game’s referees.

“We want to understand fully what happened so that we can respond fully to whatever it is we find,” Peacock said. “We want to make sure … both our students and any students that come to our district are protected and feel safe and welcome.”

Peacock said a report on the investigation is expected by June 11.

Another incident occurred last Saturday at Connell High School in Eastern Washington, where a group of students made racist remarks and offensive gestures at Black players from the Zillah High School girls basketball team while they shot free throws.

On Twitter, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association on Wednesday condemned racist actions at high school sporting events.

“Recent incidents involving hateful comments and remarks at multiple school contests are completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” the organization tweeted. “There is no place for racist actions or words at these events. The WIAA implores our member schools to create a safe and healthy environment where all students can enjoy the benefits of participation.”

Talk to us

More in Sports

Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams (33) walks off the field during minicamp Tuesday, June 6, 2023, at the NFL football team's facilities in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)
Seahawks safety Adams doing ‘everything’ to get his leg ‘right’

Plus other notes as Seattle wraps its three-day minicamp.

Lake Stevens’ Cole Becker celebrates a touchdown with teammates after putting his team up against Kennedy Catholic in the WIAA 4A State Football Championship game Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, at Mount Tahoma Stadium in Tacoma, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
2022-23 Herald Athletic Cup: Lake Stevens captures 1st place

The Vikings win the competition, which rewards local high schools for their overall athletic success, for the second straight year.

The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani drops his bat after hitting a two-run home run as Mariners catcher Cal Raleigh watches during the third inning of a game Friday in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Ohtani has 3 hits, Moniak hits winning homer as Angels top M’s

Seattle drops the first of an important three-game series with Los Angeles 5-4.

X
Friday’s AquaSox-Canadians game washed out by rain

The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday.

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) and Seattle Seahawks linebacker Darrell Taylor (52) walk off the field after an NFL football practice, Wednesday, June 7, 2023, team's facilities in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
How Seahawks’ Tyler Lockett has evolved on and off the field

The almost 31-year-old is fighting ‘old age,’ but don’t expect a drop in production anytime soon.

Empty seats are shown at Husky Stadium during an NCAA college football game between Washington and Oregon State, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, in Seattle. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, fans were not permitted to attend the game. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
State football title games moving to Husky Stadium for ’23 season

The WIAA announced Tuesday a one-year agreement with the University of Washington to host the games for the upcoming season.

Collin Morikawa, hits to the 13th green during the first round of the Memorial golf tournament, Thursday, June 1, 2023, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Commentary: PGA Tour merger with LIV a vile act of hypocrisy

The PGA is joining forces with its moral enemy whose presence has been constantly condemned by every Tour member with a soapbox.

X
Late homers lift AquaSox to win over Canadians

Randy Bednar and Blake Rambusch hit key late-inning blasts and Everett holds off Vancouver 5-4.

Giants pitcher Ryan Walker, an Arlington High School graduate, works against the Pirates during the sixth inning of a game on May 30 in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Arlington graduate Walker reaches big leagues with Giants

The WSU alum was drafted in 2018 and has since climbed the minor-league ladder until his promotion to the majors on May 21.

Most Read