Maria Medina, KPIX 5, May 3, 2021
A San Jose teenager was punched in the head and allegedly called racial slurs during a tournament basketball game on Saturday in Oakland and it was all caught on video.
What makes the situation even worse, the attacked player’s parents said, is that the players behind the physical altercation were only reprimanded after frustrated parents demanded something be done.
The physical confrontation, which was caught on camera and obtained by KPIX 5, shows Lennie and Eduardo’s son, Evan (last names were not given for fear of retaliation) at a tournament game at the Soldiertown gym in Oakland.
“Not one single parent stood up to go protect my son, I ran across the gym to get him,” Lennie said.
She said that, well before the punch, the other team — the San Francisco Generals — repeatedly called Evan and his South Bay Snipers teammates a racial slur used against Asians.
“They did use the ‘C’ word,” Lennie said.
“Two-thirds of the team are Asian,” Eduardo said.
The parents said no one jumped in to stop the altercation or reprimand the players. They also claim the director of the tournament, hosted by Grassroots 365, initially refused to watch video of the incident.
Evan’s parents say the punch left him with a concussion and left them angry that no one condemned the physical and racial attacks.
“The worst part is no one apologized,” Eduardo said.
After several frustrated parents confronted the tournament director, they agreed the player who threw the punch would be banned for Sunday’s game but Olivia said the player who initially pushed Evan was not pulled from play.
Evan’s parents say they plan to file a report with Oakland police.