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We’ve all seen how serious it can get on professional basketball courts when players are indulging in a little healthy competition, but things took a turn for the worse during a semifinal Westchester County Center game in New York State.

The Mahopac School District has suspended three students, with the intention of suspending more, after they sent out racist tweets attacking their Mount Vernon competitors. After Mahopac’s loss (43-40) in the semifinals, the boys allegedly wrote tweets characterizing Mount Vernon residents as “monkeys,” and more. According to Lohud:

“Mount Vernon coach and athletic director Bob Cimmino said after his squad’s Wednesday night Class AA state regional semifinal win over Newburgh that Mahopac players directed racist remarks at his players throughout their game. One reads, ‘One of the few biological Mount Vernon fathers just tried to sell me crack outside the county center.'”

In addition to being suspended, all students involved are to also receive “sensitivity training,” according to Mahopac Schools Superintendent Thomas Manko, who also thought the Mount Vernon superintendent’s request to have these students suspended from the team for a year was “excessive.”

Hopefully, this matter is taken seriously – competition or not, there is absolutely no room for racism on basketball courts, or anywhere else for that matter.

SOURCE: Lohud | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty