Basketball Tournament Racial Slur

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) -- The mother of a basketball player competing in the Class A boys state tournament says she found a racial slur written on her mirror in the hotel where the team stayed.

She was staying at the Hotel Pere Marquette in Peoria last weekend.

The team from Chicago's North Lawndale College Prep was the only team of the eight participating made up entirely of black players.

Ruth Wilson says she saw the writing on the mirror in her bathroom after a shower. She says the derogatory phrase contained the word "Negroes."

The hotel and the Illinois High School Association haven't determined whether Wilson's room was targeted specifically.

Hotel officials have issued a written apology and are investigating.

I-H-S-A spokesman Kurt Gibson says he's awaiting the results of the hotel's investigation.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
23 WIFR 2523 North Meridian Road Rockford, IL. 61101 Business: 815-987-5300 Fax: 815-965-0981 News: 815-987-5330 Fax: 815-987-5333
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 6464217