2 Utah high schools fined in racism, sportsmanship case

Tabiona, Intermountain Christian failed to control fans; coaches and principals also fined

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  • Lilly Munster , 00
    June 10, 2019 7:57 a.m.

    This is not an anomaly. This racism, scorn and bullying happens all over this Nation. Just ask any American minority, especially those who attend segregated schools.

  • the greater truth Bountiful, UT
    June 9, 2019 5:58 p.m.

    @Big Bob

    Yeah, we got the message the progressive left.

    We will think like you want us to think and do as you want to think or face punishment from government .

    Isn't life wonderful under total government control?

    I think it would much better and actually sincere if came from the heart not from threats of punishment.

    But if we are not allowed to teach values and morals, true right and wrong. (Yes, we need religion) Teaching from long suffering love. Then hearts will never be changed. Fines and punishment and fear does not change hearts. The actions at notre dame did not come from threat of fines.

  • Big Bob Salt Lake City, UT
    June 8, 2019 10:42 p.m.

    Several years ago I attended the drubbing of Utah by Notre Dame in South Bend. The reception we received by the Notre Dame fans would have made you think we had come to attend a wedding reception. If Notre Dame can do it Tabiona can do it. Hopefully everyone across the state has gotten the message.

  • JSB , 00
    June 8, 2019 9:40 p.m.

    There are three very small schools in that area. There are social advantages to small schools but there are also disadvantages associated with the isolation. Also, there are curriculum compromises in very small schools. But if Tabiona, Altamont and Duchesne could all combine, it would still be a rather small school but it would cost less to operate than three schools, expand the curriculum, provide broader social mixing while still providing plenty of extracurricular opportunities for all the students. And there would be social pressure to avoid those problems mentioned in the article.

  • mominthetrenches South Jordan, UT
    June 8, 2019 12:56 p.m.

    Those officiating the game (who are professional and unbiased), also have the ability & responsibility to stop a heated game and eject people. This is a huge embarrassment to the people of Tabiona. What about the other fans in Tabiona? Does anyone ever stand up and tell someone to stop? Or get the officials to restrain/eject those who are acting dangerously? I know borh sides were fined, but it sounds like Tabiona was provoking it all. Just cant believe this kind of thing still goes on-Tabiona, wouldnt you rather win on team merit, rather than intimidation tactics and using vulgar, racist slurs directed at an African American coach? Grow up!!!

  • 76Cougar Raleigh, NC
    June 8, 2019 10:44 a.m.

    What were the referees doing during all this. As a former high school soccer referee, I know we hear what the fans are saying. One time a fan’s behavior was so bad I stopped the game and asked him to leave the stadium. He said I couldn’t do that. I said maybe not but this game isn’t starting again until you are gone. After a few minutes the other fans pressured him to leave. That short term solution lasts for one game. In this case I support the UHSAA’s steps to curb bad behavior in the future. I’m sure the citizens of Tabiona don’t want this to be how their community is seen.

  • educanto north salt lake, UT
    June 8, 2019 9:54 a.m.

    This does not seem to be an example of single racist fan. Many members of the school community seem to be involved. The people of Tabiona need to step in and corral those who abuse kids and make a mockery of school support and sportsmanship. The abuse of students should never be tolerated or explained away.

  • MabelPines Pleasant Grove, UT
    June 8, 2019 8:39 a.m.

    Where does the fine money come from? They probably just increase student fees to pay for it. No one who is responsible for this is 'punished' in any way.

  • Chummley MISSION VIEJO, CA
    June 8, 2019 7:58 a.m.

    Sportsmanship should be the game we all seek to win. It should be our goal to welcome every other team with open arms to our stadiums and gyms. We should seek to make them all feel as if our school - whatever that may be - is the best place to play.

    What a better game it would be if fans showed up to an opposing game and found the home team had done things to make them feel welcome.

    Fight hard on the field and court for sure. Cheer on and support the team, of course. But yell and fight is so wrong.

    Someday a school will step up and claim to be the most welcoming school and back it up by doing things to show its true. They will gain a reputation for being the best place to play a game. The most welcoming and best sportsmen. That reputation will grow and last and become a part of that schools tradition and maybe others will follow.


    Until then the loudmouths seem to rule the bleachers.