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Community activists want Bellaire Coach Nick Azuna to be fired

“He was looking at the dugout and they were scratching and acting like a monkey and making monkey sounds,” Quannel X mentioned Friday.

BELLAIRE, Texas — Community activists are demanding that Bellaire High School baseball coach Nick Ozuna be fired over allegations involving racist taunts by his gamers.

HISD is investigating after gamers and oldsters from Westbury High School mentioned a Black pitcher and different gamers of colour had been focused by the Bellaire bench.

Editor’s word: The video above initially aired on March 30, 2022.

“We are displeased, we are appalled, and we are highly upset,” Dr. Candice Matthews, with the Rainbow Push Coalition, mentioned Friday at a information convention.

“While he was pitching, he could hear some of the Bellaire players making monkey sounds,” Quannel X mentioned. “He was looking at the dugout and they were scratching and acting like a monkey and making monkey sounds. This was right in front of the Bellaire High School coach.”

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The activist mentioned a minority participant on Bellaire’s group instructed his teammates to cease, however they ignored him and Coach Ozuna did not say something.

When an umpire instructed the gamers to reduce it out, Quannel mentioned Ozuna yelled at him.

“You don’t talk to my players, I talk to my players. You talk to me,” the coach shouted on the ump, in accordance to Quannel.

He mentioned when the gamers chanted, “I got bananas, I got bananas, I got bananas,” and issues obtained heated between dad and mom from each groups, the ump ended the sport.

The father of the Westbury pitcher was “enraged,” in accordance to Quannel, and confronted the Bellaire teaching employees within the parking zone. HISD law enforcement officials stepped in earlier than issues escalated.

One participant was suspended for one sport, in accordance to Quannel, however activists want Ozuna fired.

“When it comes to him teaching young men how to be morally respectable of others, respectable of coaches, don’t show bias toward the race. The man is bankrupt, in my opinion. He can’t teach that,” Quannel mentioned. “And that ‘s more important than teaching a kid how to swing at a baseball.”

HISD confirmed it is investigating the incident.

According to an inside memo, Ozuna was beforehand discovered to have violated district coverage by dismissing issues of racial slurs made by gamers.

Activists say he was additionally investigated after allegedly telling a participant he could not have an afro.

Ozuna’s legal professional, Levi J. Benton, launched the next assertion earlier this week.

“We look forward to HISD completing its investigation and reinstating Coach Ozuna as soon as possible. Coach Ozuna has coached at Bellaire High School for 18 years and has more than demonstrated his love for all his players, opposing coaches and teams. Any allegation that he condoned any racial slur is false. Any allegation that Coach Ozuna has any racial animus is false. We have no further statement at this time.”

The Bellaire booster membership had scheduled its personal information convention Friday to defend the coach however it was postponed.

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