Administrators at a Northern California high school have banned the “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts from being worn during a basketball tournament.
Both Mendocino boys’ and girls’ basketball teams were uninvited from a Fort Bragg tournament because there were concerns that the players would wear the t-shirts – which honor police chokehold victim Eric Garner – during warm-ups, like NBA professionals have been doing lately.
Mendocino Unified School District Superintendent Jason Morse told the AP that the boys’ team was ultimately re-invited to the tournament at nearby Fort Bragg High School “after all but one player agreed not to wear the shirts anywhere on the Fort Bragg campus during the three-day tournament.”
Fort Bragg principal Rebecca Walker said in a statement:
To protect the safety and well-being of all tournament participants it is necessary to ensure that all political statements and or protests are kept away from…
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