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In an interview with a Dallas-Fort Worth radio station, Sanders responded to allegations that the school he founded, Prime Prep Academy, was illegally recruiting athletes for its athletic programs, with racialized outrage.
Sanders blamed the scrutiny his school is receiving on the white reporter who brought the allegations, calling him an “African American killer.”
Yahoo News reports:
As noted by the Dallas Morning News, Sanders shifted the focus from Prime Prep to an unnamed reporter, believed to be Brett Shipp, the excellent high school sports reporter for DFW TV network WFAA. You may remember Shipp from earlier this fall, when he was accosted by Prime Prep players and coaches when he attempted to watch practice across from the team’s public practice facility.
Sanders obviously didn’t want to address the accusations being made by Shipp, and preferred instead to change the subject.
“First of all, this all started mainly by a Caucasian reporter from a news station, Channel 8, you know who I’m talking about, and he seems like he’s the African American killer,” Sanders told Dallas radio station KRLD. “It’s always something against a brother. And that bothers me. I’ve never been accused of cheating with anything, in any sports, in any arena, in my life. Now to be accused of something as stupid and as simplistic as this and all I have is 30 kids out there. And the sad thing about it, Channel 8 and Dallas Morning News, they’re partners.”
If Sanders believed that he was being wrongly maligned by the reporter, it should’ve been easy enough to dispute the accusations on the merits. But calling the reporter an ‘African-American Killer’ makes it look like he’s playing the only card he has left – the race card.