CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - After an emotional day for highschoolers ended with the West Charlotte basketball team moving on to the next round of playoffs. Their win came just hours after a player on the opposing team-- Ardrey Kell-- was suspended for using a racial slur directed at them in a social media post.
The student was not charged with any crime, but the comments were on the minds of everyone FOX 46 spoke with at tonight’s game. Some came out to tonight to show their support, in light of the incident, but there was palpable tension.
"It's sad, it's unfortunate that race has taken over athletic competition," said Carl Izzard, who attended the game.
The accused student reportedly sent the message over Snapchat directing the racial slur toward their opponents in the Tuesday night game, West Charlotte High.
"Everybody on the team is a brother to me, so when you see something like this, it hurts," West Charlotte student Cameron Flynn told FOX 46.
The players themselves though were trying to stay above it all.
"Today, we got to see just how much West Charlotte loves us, supports us,” said player Patrick Williams.
CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox attended, showing solidarity with those who condemned the language.
"We don't-- as a school system-- suffer that. We're better than that,” he said.
For all the back and forth about those comments, it was a good game with West Charlotte taking home the win.
"We're coming to win state. That's what they said in the locker room, we're coming to win state, and they did a great job of getting us through it,” West Charlotte High School’s basketball coach said.