It was an interesting basketball game—one that went into three overtimes—between Flower Mound High School and Plano East High School in Texas Friday, but what got the most attention was a picture tweeted out showing attendees holding up two signs that jointly read "White Power," WFAA-TV reports.
The signs, held up in Flower Mound's student section, shocked both parents and students alike.
"We thought it was racist," one Plano East student athlete, who asked not to be identified, told the news station. "[The sign] said 'white power,' and we were shocked."
Witnesses at the game said the sign was held up late in the game as play intensified and scoring leads switched several times.
"Our student section started pointing at the sign," the Plano East athlete added. "That's when it clicked into everyone's mind … 'Whoa … what are these guys doing?' And the teachers came and took the signs down."
According to WFAA-TV, it is believed that the "white" meant the team's color, but the "power" in the sign did not fit in with any of the school's cheers. Witnesses also reported that there were slurs hurled at players throughout the game.
Eric Littleton, coach of the Flower Mound team, took to social media to decry the sign.
"Unacceptable. As head coach at FMHS I offer our full voice apology. I will pursue this fully. No place for this," he wrote.
The Lewisville Intermediate School District reportedly is investigating the incident.
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