MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Victory was sweet for the Miami Central High Rockets who defeated the Hoover Bucaneerss in a nationally televised game in Alabama.
“What a win for Coach Smith and his team,” said an ESPN commentator.
Before the team ever got to the game, Coach Roland Smith and his team had to deal with a letter allegedly filled with racist remarks directed at the coach, the team, and the fans.
“Racial overtones were disgusting,” said Darryl Holsendolph, a Miami Central alumi member.
The sender claimed to be a Hoover Bucs fan.
On the front of the envelope postmarked from Alabama, it said Hoover Bucs #1.
On the back of the envelope was an expletive and racial slur.
“The letter said after we beat you expletive, remind the Miami fans to pick up their chicken bones and their red cups in which they’re drinking Kool Aid and liquor out of and take it back to Miami,” said William Clark, the Miami Central High Alumni President.
The Miami-Dade school district’s Deputy Superintendent Valtena Brown released a statement saying: “It is shameful and disconcerting that a letter containing racial slurs would be used against our children. Miami-Dade Schools Police investigators are working alongside Hoover Police department to vigorously investigate this incident.”
Hoover police said they were working to trace the letter’s origins.
“Hopefully our young men both Hoover and Miami Central are able to take this as a learning moment,” said Clark. “Not let the negativity that one person spewed against the game impact how they feel and think about others in this world.”
However the letter has made them feel, the Rockets didn’t let it affect the game.
ESPN commentators said this as the game ended, “It is over in Hoover. For the first time since the 2011 State Championship game, the Hoover Bucs have lost a football game.”
In the end, both teams shook hands as they walked off the field.
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