Youth Basketball Coach Fired After Grabbing Ref’s Neck Throughout Recreation

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The Coronado Unified School Board voted 5-0 on Tuesday night to release JD Laaperi, the head basketball coach at the San Diego-area Coronado High, according to Kami McElligott, an executive assistant to the district’s superintendent and board.

The board did not comment further on the reasoning behind Laaperi’s firing, but the decision took place during a special meeting called to address Saturday’s incident

Laaperi tweeted Saturday that he did not condone the actions of the person who brought the tortillas to the game and distributed them, saying it was “unacceptable and racist in nature.”

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High school basketball coach fired after tortilla-throwing incident

A high school basketball coach in California has been fired after tortillas were thrown at the team’s predominantly Hispanic opponents after a championship game.

The incident, which was caught on video and sparked outrage, unfolded Saturday evening after Coronado High beat Orange Glen High School in the CIF Southern California Boys Basketball Division 4-A Regional Championship.

Coronado’s head basketball coach, JD Laaperi, was fired after a 5-0 vote by the Coronado Unified School Board during an emergency meeting on Tuesday night, a district representative told ABC News.

PHOTO: An image made from video shows tortillas that were thrown during a

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The head coach of a high school basketball team in California has been fired after a tortilla-throwing incident during a regionalchampionship game.

Coronado Unified School District’s board voted Tuesday to fire Coronado High School coach JD Laaperi after some of his players threw tortillas at Orange Glen High School players at Saturday’s game, KGTV reported.

Coronado’s basketball team captain, Wayne McKinney, spoke first at the public meeting, according to the station.

“You have to be sensitive to how they believe it looks, and throwing tortillas at a predominantly Hispanic school doesn’t look good,” McKinney said. “You kind of have to

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If every two years, you suddenly find yourself emotionally invested in a sport you otherwise never watch, you’re not alone. There’s something about the Olympics that can pull almost anyone in, sports fan or not. Perhaps it’s the simple fact that the coverage tends to be everywhere; it’s hard not to take notice. But more likely, it’s the fact that while sports may be the entry point, the Olympic games often feel like they’re more about people — their hopes and dreams, their grit, their challenges, and their humanity.

But you don’t have to wait two (or three, in the

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