2018-19 Basketball

NCCU’s Moton receives apology letter from St. Louis fan

Apology comes on behalf of brash language from St. Louis fans.

There’s been a lot of chatter lately about the chattering going on between sports fans and athletes. The professional leagues get most of the attention because of the recent pushback from athletes, but college programs are subjected to the same amount of vile.

On Friday, North Carolina Central basketball coach LeVelle Moton posted an apology letter on social media that he received from a St. Louis University fan.

NCCU played the Billikens on Wednesday night in Saint Louis, losing 74-65. The Eagles did lead the game at the half, 36-31. The disparaging remarks were apparently aimed at Moton, as well as his players. Moton simply said he was being called “out of his name.”

The author of the note stated that “knuckleheads in the stands do not represent my entire city. I apologize on behalf of St. Louis for the insults and idiocy towards you and your players.”

The sender’s name wasn’t revealed in the post, but the person did note that they were “in press row” during the game near the NCCU bench and that St. Louis is their hometown. Those seats are generally used by members of the press or game management personnel.

In a post on Facebook Moton said, “As a coach, it’s sometimes difficult to exercise “Poise & Restraint”, when you’re being called out of your name. The Reality is, if I ever react, I’m considered the “Bad Guy”. I hope fans understand that we’re MEN first and foremost.”

On Twitter he framed the experience perfectly.

“Even the high road has a dead end.”

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