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Alleged discrimination incident at boys high school basketball game explained

BOURBON, Ind.-- A Facebook post is sparking concerns for community members across Michiana. The post details an alleged discrimination incident during a boys’ basketball game between Culver Community Junior-Senior High School and Argos High School.

Culver has a deaf student on the basketball team that has an interpreter with him to communicate any plays or conversation during the game, and has done so all season long.

According to the concerned individuals post, during the sectional game, the Argos coach allegedly yelled about having two Culver coaches up at the same time. The head referee allegedly told the interpreter to sit down. That’s when the assistant coach allegedly yelled ‘because he’s deaf’ to the referee for which he received a technical foul. The post claims the Argos coach, along with the three referees discriminated against a player and displayed poor sportsmanship.

After reviewing the controversial moment in the video, and speaking to the Argos athletic director, the situation unfolded as follows:

According to the Indiana High School Athletic Association, The head coach will be allowed to stand and coach during the entirety of the game providing he/she is within the designated coach’s box (which is now 28 feet long)—but only the head coach is allowed to be standing during the game.

According to the Argos High School Athletic director, Jon Alcorn, the Culver assistant coach was frequently standing up during the game. Only one coach is allowed to be standing up at one time.

Director Alcorn mentions that the referee then told both the assistant coach and interpreter to sit down. That’s when the assistant coach allegedly yelled a comment, prompting the referee to give him a technical foul.

Moments after, the referee was told by an assistant referee that the interpreter is needed for one of the Culver team members, and then allows the interpreter to resume beside the bench, however, not in front, preventing confusion and staying by the rules. She stayed there and interpreted for the remainder of the game.

Argos High School Athletic Director, Jon Alcorn said in a statement:

Regarding the alleged incident at game 1 of the Triton boys sectional.

No Argos coach, player or fan was involved in any way in any alleged incident regarding an interpreter. The interpreter completed her job, and Culver coach Tom Krueger handled himself professionally.

In fact, Argos High School submitted an exemplary behavior report to the ISHAA because of the way Culver Community High School boys basketball head coach handled the situation.

The IHSAA says the incident is under investigation and is not commenting at the moment.

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DLGarb 457 days ago
The IHSAA completed an investigation. Here are their findings (as reported in Indy Star, Feb 27):
The IHSAA investigated the incident Wednesday, Commissioner Bobby Cox said.
"We find no evidence where the interpreter’s access to the student was ever restricted," Cox told IndyStar.
Cox said the officiating crew didn't initially know what the woman's role was. He said the officials were not told by Culver's coaching staff that the team had a deaf player and would have an interpreter assisting.
When the official was alerted that the woman was an interpreter, he called a timeout to confer with other officials. When he returned to the Culver bench, he asked that the interpreter stand in a designated spot by the scorer's table for the rest of the game.
The interpreter was asked to stand in a spot "outside the marked coaching box near the scorer’s table in order to be seen from both sides of the court," Cox said.
He said officials allowed her to stand after the technical foul was called, which by IHSAA rules requires all coaches to sit for the rest of the game.
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