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Former players say Texas State coach made racist remarks

Field Level Media
06 Jun 2020, 02:25 GMT+10

Two former players say Texas State men's basketball coach Danny Kaspar directed racist remarks toward members of the team.

Former point guard Jaylen Shead made the allegations Thursday on social media, and former Bobcats forward Alex Peacock backed him up Friday.

Shead, who transferred after starting 34 games at Texas State in 2018-19, called his time in the program "shocking."

"I could overlook the lies he fed us to get us there and keep us there. I could overlook the way he disregarded the rules and our health. But I could not turn away from the many racially insensitive things that were said to me and other teammates," Shead posted on Twitter. "I had never seen someone abuse their power in such a way before, especially someone who claimed he 'cared about us.'"

According to Shead, Kaspar told black players to "chase that chicken" to get them to run faster. "If a brown man with a turbin (sic) and AK-47 walked in, I bet y'all would run as fast as you could," Kaspar said, Shead claims. Once when Shead was running sprints, "Coach proceeds to say 'he's running like the cops are behind him.'"

Shead said he initially remained silent because he feared he wouldn't get a chance to play elsewhere. He transferred to Washington State, starting seven of 12 games and averaging 2.9 points, 2.6 assists and 3.2 rebounds as a senior in 2019-20.

Peacock, a two-year starter under Kaspar from 2017-19, confirmed Shead's allegations to ESPN.

"The first time I heard (Kaspar) tell somebody to 'chase that bucket of chicken,' I'm like, 'Hold on,'" Peacock said. "Being a player, it's hard to come out when you're in it, when you're playing, because you don't know what the ramifications will be."

Texas State has not commented on the accusations.

Kaspar, 65, joined the Bobcats in 2013 after 13 seasons as the head coach at Stephen F. Austin. Kaspar is 119-109 at Texas State and has an overall record of 365-250.

--Field Level Media

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