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Posted on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 12:37 a.m.

Alleged racial slur leads to brief altercation between Pioneer players and Temperance Bedford fans

By Kyle Austin


Pioneer assistant Matt Felicia pulls Jibreel Hussein and Forrest Neal away from the crowd after a heated exchange on the court following the game at Pioneer on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013.

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An alleged racial slur from a Temperance Bedford fan to Pioneer forward Jibreel Hussein sparked a small altercation in the aftermath of the two teams’ boys basketball game Tuesday night at Pioneer High School.

The two sides were quickly separated and no punches were thrown, according to both Pioneer coach Rex Stanczak and athletic director Eve Claar.

Stanczak said a Bedford fan directed a racial slur at Hussein, and that Bedford fans previously used racial slurs during Pioneer’s game at Bedford earlier this season and during Tuesday’s junior varsity game.

“Someone’s got to do something about these Bedford fans,” Stanczak said. “I understand that they’re from a little different area of the world, but you just can’t do that to kids.”

Stanczak said he did not personally hear a racial slur, but was told by Hussein what was said.

Hussein scored five of his team’s last six points in a 64-61 win, and recorded a steal with six seconds left that sealed the win. The game ended with Hussein missing a dunk at the buzzer with his team up three.

After the horn, Hussein approached the Bedford student section and showboated, pointing at his jersey.

Minutes later, fans and multiple Pioneer players, including Hussein, were seen shouting with Bedford fans. Pioneer staffers and coaches quickly separated the two groups, and the court was cleared.

Stanczak said racial slurs were directed both at Hussein and at family members.

“That’s really why he was so adamant about it, because they’re such a close family,” Stanczak said.

Pioneer players were escorted to the locker room while fans were removed from the court. Stanczak said the Pioneer players later left the building together accompanied by an assistant coach.

Claar said Tuesday night that she and Bedford athletic director Mark German had already spoken about the event.

Stanczak said he plans to speak to his team about the event and how to learn from it.

“You have to understand that you’re from Ann Arbor, which is a highly educated town, which is liberal-minded and people understand that the color of someone’s skin doesn’t matter,” Stanczak said. “It’s not like that everywhere in the world, and you just have to understand that. Ignorance is a tough thing.”

Skyline assistant coach Jay Shunnar, a former standout player for Huron who also played at the University of Toledo, said he had similar experiences when he played.

Shunnar, like Hussein, is Muslim. His given name is Jihad, which he changed to Jay in the summer of 2008 before enrolling at Toledo.

"You get these schools from other areas that haven’t seen a kid like Jibreel, it’s unfortunate," Shunnar said after Skyline's game against Huron on Tuesday night. "I had to change my name because of it. I grew up as Jihad for 18 years, when I went to college, I was Jay."

"Because he’s one of the best players in our area people feel like that’s a way to get to him, by making a comment like that. That’s a way to rub him the wrong way," said Shunnar. "It's really unfortunate and I hope it stops because we really don’t need that kind of stuff."

Shunnar said when he played he used the negativity as fuel and hopes Hussein can do the same.

"That should challenge him to go. That should make him want to play harder be better. You know, because people think he can’t do it just because he’s a Muslim," Shunnar said.

Longtime Huron head coach Waleed Samaha was surprised when he heard about the incident.

"It's very surprising. It’s surprising and disappointing, you don’t want to have a kid experience that and I know the administration there takes that stuff seriously and Mark German and those guys aren’t going to tolerate that," Samaha said.

Samaha said his team has not had any type of similar incident with Bedford in the past.

"We have a particularly strong relationship with Bedford," Samaha said. "They’ve never given our kids a problem, their student section, after the game you’ll see a lot of kids and coaches talking huddling around after the game."

-- Pete Cunningham contributed to this report.

Kyle Austin covers sports for He can be reached at or 734-623-2535. Follow him on Twitter @KAustin_AA.



Fri, Feb 22, 2013 : 7:49 p.m.

Not a resident of either schools. However reading this article makes me think of a few things: 1. Both communities believe they are above the rest of the residents in their respected county. Both communities have massive elitist attitudes, 2. Poorly written article, or should I say horrible journalism, of course thats what sells in today's world, 3. Just watched the Fab Five documentary last night on ESPNU. For such a diverse community those young men received a tremendous amount of hate mail, from the locals, and 4. An article that should point out racism publizes what could be considered racial comments regarding a entire community by the coach preaching against racism. Success is not easily received or given up for some.

martini man

Fri, Feb 22, 2013 : 1:38 a.m.

Even the Ann Arbor liberals aint buying into this nonsense. In some PRO sports there are penalties for grandstanding . Maybe there should be such penalties in all sports. Celebrating and grandstanding aren't exactly the same thing.


Thu, Feb 21, 2013 : 11:49 p.m.

it seems to me that neither side should be proud of how anybody get heated up and say and do things they shouldn't.this kid never heard a racial slur before if indeed one was spoken? i highly doubt he feeds the frenzy by taunting.

Parent Speaks

Thu, Feb 21, 2013 : 10:25 p.m.

Another sporting season. Another Pioneer athletic issue. First it was Huron and now it's Bedford. Anyone else see a trend?!? Yes... It's PIONEER. This needs to STOP! Their new Princ needs to get control of her AD. The AD needs to get control of her coaching staff. Their Coaches need to get control of their players. Are Coaches even supposed to be talking to the media? Isn't it AAPS policy to not talk to the media when situations like this occur? Isn't that why Test was fired? And now the Pioneer HC publicly states that Bedford: used racial slurs, is uneducated and are basically hillbilly's that don't live in the real world because of a lack of diversity. Really?!? He should be fired and/or atleast suspended for his comments about Bedford. You would think that AAPS has a policy in place for this since the last Pioneer incident that occurred in the fall. Wonder what the consequence will be for their HC? Should be an interesting upcoming meeting with the AAPS Super, new Princ and the AD....

Basic Bob

Fri, Feb 22, 2013 : 1:54 a.m.

It's a bad sign when you have a gym teacher calling someone uneducated.


Thu, Feb 21, 2013 : 6:30 p.m.

I have personally attended several Bedford v Pioneer athletic events both as a coach and as a fan. I do not want to pile on Pioneer, however altercations with Pioneer are a common occurance. I am completely insulted as an educated, open-minded person that the Bedford community is being characterized as never interacting with people of different ethnic backgrounds and when we do we can not control ourselves. Funny how we do not have issues playing Skyline, Huron, Dearborn Fordson, Toledo Whitmer, Toledo Catholic Centeral and Monroe just to name a few ethnically diverse schools. I was at the home Pioneer v Bedford game and was sitting directly behind the student section and heard NO racial slurs. I would like to elaborate on that game though. During the JV boys basketball game the coach did not like a call made by the refs so his response was to flip off the ref, then a player did too. Then at the end of the game one of his players made a bad shot and the coach began absolutly degrading him in front of the team, fans, and coaches! There is NEVER a reason to humilate a kid in front of everyone. Then at the end of the varsity game when a Pioneer player began to taunt the Bedford student section (after loosing) our PA announcer made an attempt to call over the varsity coach and he waived him off and headed to the locker room. He could not be bothered. Last year during the home game a Pioneer fan sat next to me and continued the whole game to railroad the team (Bedford) and the school as being a bunch of idiots for stopping the game and honoring a player who scored his 1,000th point. The Pioneer coaches and administration knew of this before the game, gave the go-ahead and said they would do the same. I finally explained this nicely to the gentleman, it didn't help. So please, Pioneer, quit trying to come off as the poor victims of a bunch of uneducated south Monroe County people who have never seen or interacted with ethnically diverse people.


Thu, Feb 21, 2013 : 9:48 p.m.

Like runnergirl I was in the stands for the Pioneer game at Bedford when the JV coach flipped off the ref. I couldn't believe my eyes. His anctics that entire game were deplorable and childish. I find it hard to believe he is still the coach of the JV team. I find it extremely ironic that the Pioneer head coach chooses to use a sterotype in his response by admonishing an entire community. He ought to be embarrased by his choice of words. I worked in AA for many years so I know there are a lot of smart people there. I don't know how many there are for sure but I now know there are at least 1 or 2 less than I had previously thought.


Thu, Feb 21, 2013 : 7:52 p.m.

"During the JV boys basketball game the coach did not like a call made by the refs so his response was to flip off the ref, then a player did too. " Seriously? How does one keep a job after that? Not to mention way to pi$$ of the refs.

Ricardo Queso

Thu, Feb 21, 2013 : 4:13 p.m.

Win without arrogance, lose without alibi. - Knute Rockne


Thu, Feb 21, 2013 : 3:03 a.m.

I just wanted to inform people of Bedford's extremely sportsmanlike moves against pioneer. In the freshman game a technical was given to a Bedford player along with one of the punching a pioneer player. I also wanted to give a shout to the Bedford player who got a technical in the first matchup of the varsity teams in Bedford. People were also very pleased with Bedford having two school officials by their students. The reason for this is because they know that their students become rowdy and cause problems. So keep up the great work Bedford.


Thu, Feb 21, 2013 : 3:44 a.m.

It has to do with Bedford's unsportsmanlike program.


Thu, Feb 21, 2013 : 3:30 a.m.

What does the freshman game or the previous game have to do with this incident? Oh, that's right, nothing.

Jay Allen

Thu, Feb 21, 2013 : 2:26 a.m.

I am not involved with AAP Basketball nor am I involved with Bedford basketball. I have done announcing when BOTH schools have been involved. I have spoke to parents today who were at the game. And, to just get it out there now, I do not condone racial slurs. If a Bedford student or parent did something such as that, that was more low class than the events that led up to the altercation. First, the game was in hand with under 10 seconds to play. Everyone admits that and that was reported by Pete as well. So let's first focus on that. Why would a coach direct his players in a direction OTHER than don't turn the ball over? Instead no one has mentioned that a dunk was attempted at the buzzer and missed. There was NO reason to pile on. NONE. In this regard and this regard only, that is poetic justice. Next, the player in question runs over to the student section and is taunting them. I can assure you that if the tables were turned Jackson Lamb would NOT have ran over to the AAP student section and done that. So now we have a coach who obviously has no control over his athletes and we have an athlete with an ego bigger than the dunk he missed. Still does NOT make racial slurs ok in any event, but there is MORE than enough blame to go around. AAP does seem to lack institutional control over its players. While I don't know the specifics first hand, from 10,000 feet looking down, it doesn't look good.


Thu, Feb 21, 2013 : 1:36 a.m.

For everyone who would like to actually hear what the alleged "racial slur" was, that only Hussein heard.. After Hussein missed his at the buzzer dunk, he went up to the Temperance Bedford student section and pointed at his jersey and yelled at the student section. The teenagers in the section were obviously upset and told Hussein to "sit down". As it was loud and a high energy environment, it is believed that Hussein heard them call him "Saddam". Not one person I have spoken with heard him or his family being called anything else. The student section at Bedford is usually very spirited and may take it too far occasionally, but there were two Bedford officials within 15 ft of the student section the entire game and after the game. Maybe something racists was thrown out there by a Bedford fan, but that does not excuse what the varsity coach of AA Pioneer said about the entire Bedford community. Besides that, him and the AA Pioneer AD did nothing but watch the "altercation" ( AA attempts at attacking Bedford fans). Please also note, the Bedford Varsity Basketball team had no part in this situation. Also, I was at the game where Pioneer visited Bedford, a Pioneer player took off his jersey and pushed up against Jackson Lamb after shaking hands while Jackson was about to be interviewed.. Again, nothing was done by the Pioneer coach and a Bedford principal and cop had to pull York off of Jackson. Only stated facts. Please do not call an entire community "ignorant" and "uneducated" because of an alleged comment without hearing the facts, and also to report a story about this without knowing the facts is pathetic. I know it's a story that sells, clearly but to be so biased against a community is sad.


Fri, Feb 22, 2013 : 2:36 p.m.

101pride I only stated the facts as I knew the story. If you want to infer from the truth that Bedford has class then that is for you to do. Not every community is going to be a model of class, not Bedford and not AA Pioneer. However, if you'd like to believe that Bedford has class because of the written facts then that's your decision.


Thu, Feb 21, 2013 : 3:13 a.m.

So you are going to say that Bedford is full of class because their basketball wasn't involved even though their students were yelling at pioneer players.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 10:56 p.m.

Stanczak's comments were juvenile, inflammatory, and completely uncalled for. Nothing teaches tolerance like insulting the education of an entire city, right coach? Pot meet kettle. It's really a shame that the Pioneer coaches in football and basketball this year have set such poor standards for the athletes. I'm not willing to say it's a systemic problem yet, but it's getting there.

Kyle Austin

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 10:55 p.m.

We've posted an update to this story after speaking to Bedford principal Scott Stalker, who was at Tuesday's game.

John of Saline

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 10:48 p.m.

Where's the video? Someone has it. Pioneer must record games for future reference. I think that would be very interesting.

Ann Arbor Red

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 10:35 p.m.

Why are stories like these even necessary? I mean the writing was fine I'm not hating on the journalistic aspect of it, but before there was an Ann and people couldn't share their opinions about incidents unless it was in person. These incidents with sports have happened in the past and WILL happen in the future. But look at this article on what something was written about a problem dealing with a SPECIFIC player and CERTAIN fans has turned into on the comment discussion.. I mean for crying out loud I may as well be looking at dissertations on why Pioneer high school is the worst school in the world when it comes to the kids that go there and their fans and players etc.. goodness gracious. I cannot believe Ann even allows comments to be quite honest. All it does is give people in the middle ground not knowing which way to take a side on---inevitably choose sides! I'm not speaking for everyone, but I'm just speaking in general. It all just feels so negative towards some of these kids - they're still learning and growing up and no matter how old you get you're always learning. Why nail them into the ground while they're trying to flourish? The bedford fans possibly said something, and then the player probably reacted - was the fans saying something a result of because of what the player did before hand? Possibly yes. All these possibilities and maybes have just driven people mad and we see it here posted. Since we are all ASSUMING for now, lets just tell the bedford fans to not say racial slurs, and ask the pioneer players to show some composure and not let the best of things get to you. It's simple. It doesn't single anyone out. It is just straight forward and you can take it or leave it. Lets make this a learning experience not an argument.

Tracy Pratt

Thu, Feb 21, 2013 : 3:51 p.m.

One fighting mishap yea maybe. Two fighting Mishaps you are letting them know there are no consequences. to the school district nor the student of said district for there behavior. wither racial slurs where used or not that has yet been proven . to fights in two different sports. that is fact. Someone has to be held responsible. No Ifs,and or,buts. Kids can be kids without Violence .


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 10:58 p.m.

I agree with some what your said; however, I think the story is valuable for how it illuminates the behavior of the coaches if nothing else. Stanczak displayed incredible immaturity here.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 10:50 p.m.

Nicely done.

A A Resident

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 10:35 p.m.

" One year at a wrestling match, I didn't even hear it, I looked over at my beautiful (biracial) girl with TEARS streaming down her face." RuralMom, I hope, in the future, you will do a better job of preparing your children for life's realities. People will say mean, meaningless things, just to be mean (with no basis in fact or actual belief). You might also teach them that although they should strive for fairness, they shouldn't expect life to be fair, because it isn't. I have biracial grandchildren, so I'm not just some redneck racist trying to bring you down. You really have some serious work to do, both on yourself, and your children.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 10:01 p.m.

Perhaps this is but a small detail, but the use of the word "showboated" in this story feels a little subjective. Was the showboating merely the pointing at the team name on one's jersey? Or were there other actions? Reading through, labeling something as showboating felt a little arbitrary for a news article just because there are so many interpretations and different opinions of what showboating entails. That's all not to say he didn't partake in what I'd define as showboating. It just felt like most news articles would have stuck to specifics and avoided such a general term in this case, as it sort of seems to insinuate something that may have not actually occurred. If the showboating was just pointing at a player's own jersey in celebration, then why not just describe it as such, without one's interpretation of the action?


Thu, Feb 21, 2013 : 12:52 a.m.

I appreciate the clarification. Running across the court to perform this action is a little different than what I was originally envisioning. From the article, I was picturing Hussein dribbling the length of the floor for a game-sealing dunk attempt as the clock ran down, then holding up his jersey in triumph with the Bedford student section being nearby. I am still not certain jersey popping qualifies as showboating - perhaps questionable sportsmanship - but I feel that should be up to the reader to decide in a non-opinion article.

Kyle Austin

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 10:44 p.m.

Rake2204, it wasn't just that he pointed to his jersey, it was that he went across half the court to stand in front of the Bedford fans to point at his jersey. If he had just done it near his bench or own students, I wouldn't have called it that. But the action was clearly directed at a specific group of people. I probably should have been more specific about that in the story.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 9:41 p.m.

Seems to me the Pioneer coach thinks his school and town are better than everywhere else.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 8:20 p.m.

Funny that there is no mention of the Bedford player striking a Pioneer player in the face at the end of regulation in the Freshman game. The result was a technical foul on Bedford with no time on the clock. To me this incident combined with the on the court trash talk when Pioneer played in Bedford just confirms that this behavior is approved of down by the border.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 9:44 p.m.

Great post! Sorry I missed it. Nice job stating the FACTS as it happened.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 9:06 p.m.

I mentioned this incident in my post above. The worst part...the Bedford coach did nothing. No apology....nothing. I know if one of my players acted that way, they would not be playing for me again and I would have apologized to the kid and the opposing coach. Just goes to show, in defeat, Bedford has zero class...which speaks volumes about their true character.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 7:51 p.m.

The question I have is Was the Pioneer player given a technical and possibly ejected by the officials for taunting the Bedford student section. I am not in any way condoning the use of racial slurs, but when you go and showboat in front of the visiting teams fans you are asking for something to be said in return. The officials likely already split from the gym prior to the showboating, which is the regular practice, but also lends itself to situations like this occurring.


Thu, Feb 21, 2013 : 2:39 a.m.

Game was over. No technical possible.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 8:51 p.m.

Its the coaches responsibility to do that


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 7:27 p.m.

Dare I say A2 Pioneer recruits for their athletic programs?


Thu, Feb 21, 2013 : 3:16 a.m.

I would like to state that pioneer is the only one of the big three schools in Ann Arbor who doesn't recruit their players.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 8:26 p.m.

Why would this article lead to you thinking pioneer recruits for their athletic program?


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 7:18 p.m.

Weather things were said or not, as an athlete you just have to live with it. As a Bedford alumni, I can say that this article is speaking for a small minority of a very large student population. I am sure Ann Arbor is this terrific fantasy land that has aboslutley NO rascist individuals, but in reality it is anywhere you go, so deal with it. In high school, I competed against many Ann Arbor area schools and the ego of these guys is outrageous. Although, Ann Arbor is a very culturally diverse town, it is also extremely wealthy, which is where I believe this "were better than you" attitude comes from. In my days at Bedford students who were rascist were often the ones who had few friends because they were usually intolerant to many students. Coach Stanczak is a prime example of the ignorance that comes out of Ann Arbor and I feel as if the whole town has a bag over its head.

Ann Arbor Red

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 10:53 p.m.

Extremely Wealthy? I grew up having lived in a home where a large majority of my peers had money and I did not. It sucked because yea, a great deal of people here are financially stable but most my good friends and I weren't. Some kids worked, some had rich parents. It happens. There is a mix. Although there is a lot of ignorant people here, there are a lot ignorant people everywhere, so to single out that EVERYONE in Ann Arbor as wealthy, ignorant, and egotistical is a slap in the face to me because i fit none of those 3 categories. I'm not gonna have you sit here and hear my life story but I'm blessed to grow up where I did and I've always been told by my parents that living there wasn't anything like the real world and continuously tell me how lucky I was. So i don't take it for granted, I never will, and I will respect where you came from because i have no reason not to respect it. I apologize if some instances you had here in Ann Arbor were coming across as pretentious and arrogant, but some people are like that and I cannot speak for everyone. And believe me, just because there is diversity doesn't mean there isn't racism. lol racism is everywhere. That isn't gonna change anytime soon. I'm sure you are proud to be from Bedford as I am proud to be from Ann Arbor, I don't feel any higher up or any lower than you solely because of where I came from. The whole town doesn't have a bag over its head and I'm trying to at least show you that.

you can't handle the truth

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 8:30 p.m.

What? Do you mean that if I go taunting an already riled up crowd and make a fool of myself that they might be mean to me? No way! This certainly can't happen out in real life!!! But as coach says, we are "liberal-minded!" That means we are smarter than you!

Kyle Austin

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 6:45 p.m.

An update: we've been reaching out to Bedford officials who were present Tuesday night, but in the meantime the school's athletic director talked to the Monroe Evening News. He says the school is seeking information about the incident.

harold treeton

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 6:40 p.m.

As someone who has been around the Pioneer sports program for years I can say that my least favorite game to attend is the one @Bedford. Aside from the consistent yelling and whining of parents in the crowd, I have to watch the young men from my community get harassed. One of the greatest qualities of the Pioneer sports program is the diversity, and I think I can speak for a lot of people when I say that I am proud of the way these young men and women come together and play, yet year after year of going to Bedford I watch this great quality get insulted and disrespected. I am truly saddened to see Bedford ruin yet another great competitive game by bringing up race. The problem here is not sportsmanship, its our young men getting attacked for the color of their skin, and Bedford fans thinking that a simple celebration of a victory gives them an excuse to yell racial slurs at a high school student. Embarrassing for Bedford, but a great representation of their community.

Silly Sally

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 10:25 p.m.

A coach said that a player said that a fan said."NXVCX". This is the strength of your argument? And now one else heard it? Oh, so silly

you can't handle the truth

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 8:41 p.m.

Complaining about alleged racism by using that sterotype for an entire community? Thanks for the laugh today.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 6:38 p.m.

"Samaha said his team has not had any type of similar incident with Bedford in the past." Wait, WHAT? Only Pioneer has these alleged incidents. Odd. Very, very odd. I wonder if Waleed lets his kids taunt the fans down there. I'm guessing not, since Waleed is a class act. ------- I also like Stanzek's attitude: "It's not like that everywhere in the world, and you just have to understand that. Ignorance is a tough thing." Painting the whole area with a broad brush. 'You know those hillbilly redneck rubes in Shelbyville' - of course nobody is saying if it was one kid or the whole section leading a chant. Since nobody actually HEARD it except Hussein, I'm guessing one kid. - Which, since we are try this in the court of makes me ask - What IS the definition of hearsay anyway?

Silly Sally

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 10:23 p.m.

A coach said that a player said that a fan said... This is the article. Wow.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 6:37 p.m.

Pioneer coach has to be one of the worst examples of sportsmanship I have ever seen at a high school sporting event. He is a poor example to his players. I went to see a good game, and it was an excellent game. The Bedford coach and players were under control and left immediately after the game for the locker room. Pioneer parents, fans and 1 player almost caused a real unfornunate seen. If a racial slur was used by a Bedford student, that is also unfortunate. The fact is, there should have never been an opportunity for that if Pioneer coach had any type of control or discipline with his team.


Thu, Feb 21, 2013 : 3:21 a.m.

Tell the freshman Bedford coach to stop having players punching people

harry b

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 6:19 p.m.

"After the horn, Hussein approached the Bedford student section and showboated, pointing at his jersey." The title of the article should have been. "Hussien tries to incite a riot at basketball game" Any name calling is secondary to the low class act. Why isn't Hussein suspended? My coach would have never let that go.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 6:16 p.m.

Wow seems as though Bedford is a little salty about their first SEC lost - sorry not everything is perfect for you and King Jackson Lamb


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 6:11 p.m.

As a parent of biracial children, and one who has been in the stands hearing the opposing teams PARENTS & Fans due this kind of thing, with NO REPERCUSSIONS for the offender, I find it stunning the amount of comments about how "very surprising" this is. NO IT IS NOT. All you have to do is sit in the stands, have your team winning, and the comments start. One year at a wrestling match, I didn't even hear it, I looked over at my beautiful girl with TEARS streaming down her face. The ADULTS doing this were sitting under a banner that read "Sportsmanship Begins at Home", which explained a LOT. I didn't handle it very well that day, the insults weren't even for our team or about my Son who was a participant. When I say I didn't handle very well, I invited the other Mother to take a big step off the bleachers with me, passed the other parents who didn't like her mouth either! This isn't new, its just reach a point where people don't feel the need to filter how they REALLY feel. Which at least you know where you stand with them, however making anyone feel as if they are inferior due to their race is wrong wrong wrong!

Silly Sally

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 10:20 p.m.

Yea, a white person may say this. But just be any "outsider" amongst any minority groups, especially black or immigrants where they are a large majority, and many do not even pretend to be "nice" or non-discriminatory. .

Tim Hornton

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 5:48 p.m.

That's right coach. We are a progresive, highly educated, enlightened, liberal group of great human beings. Who cares if your player taunted the other team after the game and a pioneer football player is getting charged with an assault charge for try to bash people with his crutch after an after game fight. Pioneer coaches are a joke. No humilitybut just self important smug people.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 5:23 p.m.

Kumbaya... Please don't blame Eve for the lack of home-training on an individual students part whether it be Bedford or Pioneer. In this day and age when pro athletes dance in the endzone or pose after a dunk how do you expect young adults to not emulate their role models. This is not a post racial society either. We are taught to be tolerant of those that look different but they also become easy targets in a fit of rage. No excuses. You don't find it possible to turn the other cheek when you are on the receiving end of that comment but we all should learn to walk away and pray for our aggressors. That's right pray for them...


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 5:08 p.m.

Quoting the A2 coach, " You have to understand you come from Ann Arbor which is a highly educated town" I never did equate being highly educated with starting to incite acts of potential violence, hum ! Good Day


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 5:03 p.m.

I am not surprised by what I'm reading in this article nor am I surprised by these comments I'm reading either. As if someone allegedly showboating on a basketball court means they deserve to be called racial slurs. For all we know he was being abused throughout the entire game and at the end was getting a little bit of payback. Pointing at your chest as you win the game is far from the worst thing a player can do, and it certainly doesn't deserve racial insults. Of course he should have been the bigger man and walked away once the game was over but in the heat of the moment he let his emotions get the best of him. He is after all still a teenager, a kid, and they are prone to making mistakes. He will learn from this incident and hopefully get the point that you can't do certain things when you're on the road. Racial epithets have NO EXCUSE in any of this story period end of story and if you are trying to say otherwise you are a sad person.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 4:15 p.m.

"After the horn, Hussein approached the Bedford student section and showboated, pointing at his jersey." Perhaps there is a lesson in there? Nah.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 4:14 p.m.

First of all, this article is taking away from what really took place last night at Pioneer. It was a great game that was won and lost by the kids on both teams. It is being overshadowed by an incident that took place between parents and fans (yes it was parents and fans and that started and could have easily diffused this incident and I will get to this later). The game itself was back and forth and a hard fought 32 minutes of great high school basketball. If you were at the game, you saw that Jackson Lamb is an incredible talent and it's hard to believe he is a better baseball player than, does he have a bright future. Emotions were high because Bedford comes in ranked #7 in the State in Class A, and Pioneer lost by 2 in a tough game at Bedford a month ago. That being said, I'll lead you through a series of events that took place last night and enlighten you all. The Freshmen game - Pioneer was up by 20 with time running off the clock. A kid on Pioneer (who may have only played a total of 6 minutes the entire season) took a shot at the buzzer. Should he have taken that shot? No, but again, this is a kid who rarely gets minutes and could have taken the same shot with 4 seconds left but held on to the ball until the final buzzer. Once he released the shot he was shoved and received an elbow to the throat from a Bedford player. COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY! You talk about Pioneer not having class??? Show some class, even in defeat, Bedford. The JV game - I heard some players calling other Pioneer players the "N" word throughout the game. Pioneer's JV won that game as well. Again, lose with class, Bedford. Varsity game - Bedford fans refused to leave the court and diffuse the situation after an adult 2 hand shoves an 18/19 year old Pioneer fan/sibling of a player. This was Parents v Kids. Let the kids have their moment and celebrate a big victory. I'm not justifying anything, but adults need to act like adults. Finally, lose with class, Bedford.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 8:56 p.m.

Have you been around 18/19 year olds in today's world? They hardly act like adults. A grown man in his mid 40's should be mature enough to accept defeat and walk away and not physically push someone to escalate the incident.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 6:10 p.m.

An 18/19 year old non-player is an adult. 2 wrongs don't make a right.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 4:11 p.m.

"You have to understand that you're from Ann Arbor, which is a highly educated town, which is liberal-minded and people understand that the color of someone's skin doesn't matter," Stanczak said. "It's not like that everywhere in the world, and you just have to understand that. Ignorance is a tough thing." Ethnocentrism at it's best? I am not excusing the racial issue.... but this comment implies that being from Ann Arbor makes one superior. It implies that being "highly educated" is synonymous with being "liberal minded", and it implies Ann Arbor has no racial issues. Ignorance is a tough thing.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 4:11 p.m.

There are lines that just shouldn't be crossed. Ignorance is not an excuse. The league should discipline Bedford or at least make clear that disciplinary action could follow any future racist comments.

Silly Sally

Thu, Feb 21, 2013 : 1:25 p.m.

A coach said that a player said that a fan said "boo". Oh, So silly. Not so silly is that Pioneer has taught all "students of color that heresy evidence of racism is all that it takes to get yourself out of a jam.

John of Saline

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 10:40 p.m.

What should be the level of evidence required?


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 3:36 p.m.

And I suppose in the history of high school sports in Michigan, a black athlete or a black fan has never uttered a racial slur towards a white person during a sporting event.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 7:02 p.m.

"You know, I really don't like being called that insulting racist name; but somewhere in time some white guy totally unrelated to this one was probably called an insulting racist name. I'll just call it even." Sort of the same argument used for affirmative action and reparations. I must agree with you, as it makes no sense there either.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 6:54 p.m.

Yes, let's go that route. "You know, I really don't like being called that insulting racist name; but somewhere in time some white guy totally unrelated to this one was probably called an insulting racist name. I'll just call it even."


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 6:18 p.m.

Two wrongs don't make it right! My Son NEVER acted that way, he knew if he did, I would march him on to a field, mat, or track, make him apologize publicly, immediately after doing so. You don't teach kids to follow other ignorant examples, you teach them to stand up for what is right even if its not the most popular thing to do!

Rob Pollard

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 3:23 p.m.

Kyle, could you please follow-up with Coach on this part of the story: "Stanczak said a Bedford fan directed a racial slur at Hussein, and that Bedford fans previously used racial slurs during Pioneer's game at Bedford earlier this season and during Tuesday's junior varsity game." Later in the story it said he did not personally hear the alleged slur towards his Hussein. Did he (or his coaches) personally hear the other previous slurs? If so, what if anything did they do about it (e.g., notify T Bedford's AD)? Also, did the coach give a reason for why he let his player "after the horn, approach the Bedford student section and showboat, pointing at his jersey"? Did he lose track of him? It sounds like it was a contentious game even previous to the interaction with the fans at the end - does the coach & his asst make sure to get his players to the locker room in such a situation? Thank you.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 8:01 p.m.

Pete, were you at the game where Pioneer played at Bedford? Bedford (being the home team and the winning team) immediately went to the locker room with their coach after winning the game. This occurs at every Bedford game, home and away. One Bedford player remained on the floor for a TV interview. Pioneer's players, one in particular, went after him and several others approached our student section. You're showing your own ignorance in defending this team.

Rob Pollard

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 6:25 p.m.

Pete, I generally agree with you that teams may want to stay on the court to celebrate amongst themselves and their fans, but according to the article, this was the sequence of events: "After the horn, Hussein approached the Bedford student section and showboated, pointing at his jersey. Minutes later, fans and multiple Pioneer players, including Hussein, were seen shouting with Bedford fans. Pioneer staffers and coaches quickly separated the two groups, and the court was cleared. " If Hussein was taunting the fans, why did the coach think it was a good idea for there to likely be further interactions "minutes later" btw Hussein, other AA players and the opposing team's fans? It sounds like this was a tense game and the AA coaching staff should have recognized that and cleared his team off the court more quickly once the game was over. There's plenty of time to celebrate in the locker room and afterwards with your family/friends. It's not exactly unprecedented that if your team is on the court and has already exchanged words with the other team's fans, that further words will be exchanged. I'm focused on the adults here, because they are the adults, and I've unfortunately gotten the sense from previous articles that some of the coaches are letting their responsibilities slip in terms of helping these kids get out of their own way to defuse situations before they occur.

Pete Cunningham

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 4:59 p.m.

A losing team that's on the road will typically head straight for the locker room without any instruction from a coach. Home teams want to stay on the court and celebrate with family and friends, as they should, and coaches should want their players to experience that. When the situation escalated it seems actions were taken to get players in the locker rooms.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 4:30 p.m.

Kyle, it wasn't all that difficult for Bedford's coach to get his players into the locker room immediately. So why was it so hard for Stanczak to do the same?

Kyle Austin

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 3:40 p.m.

I'll need to follow-up on if any actions were taken following previous incidents. As far as your second question, the Bedford student section is at the opposite end of the gym from the Pioneer bench and locker room, and preventing any sort of player/fan interaction would be difficult with a roster that size and so many people in the gym. I can say that as soon as it became clear there was tension the first action was to get everyone in the locker room.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 3:18 p.m.

It is stunning that the author of this article finds the use of racial slurs to be an appropriate, deserved response to the showboating. In a response to a comment by Craig Lounsbury, Kyle Austin writes: " ...some of the onus is on the players to avoid putting themselves in situations where this can happen." If the players had been booed for showboating, that would be perfectly understandable. The use of racial slurs against the players is about racism, not about showboating. It is stunning that the reporter assigned to this article does not grasp that.

Craig Lounsbury

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 10:58 p.m.

northside@ "That comment clearly states that the use of racial slurs is a justified reaction to the showboating. I can't believe you agreed with it. " My comment absolutely did NOT justify any alleged racial slur. How you could draw that conclusion is beyond comprehension. All I pointed out was when you taunt the opposition bad things will result. If you throw gas on a fire the fire gets bigger therefore I condone arson? There is no place for an athlete to taunt the opposing crowd just as there is no place for racial slurs. i object to both. Do you? Or do you see taunting as acceptable?

John of Saline

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 10:38 p.m.

In your world, northside, all one has to say is "he called me a name" and all previous actions are null and void. Is that about it?


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 9:21 p.m.

@ saline: This board is filled with "I'm not racist, but the player got what he deserved" comments. The suggestion, sometimes direct, sometimes implicit, is that fans using racial slurs in response to a player's showboating is what the player deserved. I find it troubling that the reporter assigned to this article agreed with one of those comments.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 4:49 p.m.

Hey Northside, stop attacking Kyle. He does not condone racial slurs, period! He's only pointing out, as have many others here that this situation may not have ever happened without the poor sportmanship shown by Pioneer players and potentially some of their parents.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 4:34 p.m.

Here's what you wrote, Kyle: "Thanks for your comment Craig. That was my first thought, too, that some of the onus is on the players to avoid putting themselves in situations where this can happen." If that isn't agreement, I don't know what is.

Kyle Austin

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 4:15 p.m.

Thanking someone for expressing their opinion doesn't mean I agree with it.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 3:54 p.m.

A gross misrepresentation?!? You thanked someone for posting a comment that said the following: " ... if someone taunts a large crowd and gets a negative result one shouldn't be overly surprised. What does one expect under the circumstance? Let that be included in the "lessons" to be learned." That comment clearly states that the use of racial slurs is a justified reaction to the showboating. I can't believe you agreed with it. Fans booing the player for showboating would be about expressing disapproval for an obnoxious act. Fans using racial slurs is about racism.

Kyle Austin

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 3:31 p.m.

This is a gross misrepresentation of my comment. The use of a racial slur is neither appropriate nor deserved. I simply stated that knowing the history pointed out between these two schools, the entire situation could have been avoided by simply staying on the Pioneer side of the gym after the game, and that's something worth discussing with players.

Dennis Allman

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 3:04 p.m.

There is no excuse for either teams actions. However, the coaches are suppose to take the high road and diffuse the situation. All coaches are to adhere to MHSAA guidlines. If not those guidelines, what about common decentcy, tolerance, respect and civilness? Let's not engage in perpetuating social discourse. Let the kids play. Coaches are to mentor them, not infuse them with slanted views. Where is the social progress in all of this. Let level headed people discuss and resolve this.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 3:01 p.m.

Of course, the Bedford people are wrong for their racial slurs. This article does create the atmosphere for discussion regarding Pioneer's lack of leadership in the area of sportsmanship. I find the comments disturbing from the people trying to shut down discussion because they see some sort of political disrespect in it.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 2:49 p.m.

This isn't an issue of a taunting player deserving to have racial slurs yelled at him. People in this liberal educated city need to be able to seperate the issues as they are two seperate problems. First, no one unless they are a racist ignorant backwoods degenerate should conndone the use of racial slurs for any reason. Second, there is an in issue of sportsmanship and entitlement culture and Ann Arbor Pioneer; notice I didn't say Ann Arbor Public Schools, I've always found the fans at Skyline and Huron to be on par with the rest of the schools in south-east Michigan. So while everyone on this site loves to play stump the chump and play devil's advocate just make the choice to see these as two problems that need to be fixed. Ignorance and racism shouldn't be tolerate but neither should an out of control athletics program. Pioneer is a well respected school that many parents in this state could only hope their children could attend and receive the type of quality education they offer; the athletics program should reflect the same values and prestige, as of now it does not and hasn't for a very long time.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 2:44 p.m.

The Bedford Coaches and Players were in the locker room after the game. While the Pioneer basketball team was on still on the court talking to Bedford Parents and Students. Things were said by both sides and it escalated quickly. Pioneer players were being held back because they wanted to start trouble. It's odd how this Ann Arbor article is so one sided and nothing was mentioned about the Pioneer players trying to fight parents. Great job Bedford Basketball Program for keeping your kids out of it.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 8:26 p.m.

Hows this for a report, Bedford parents also used racial slurs.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 4:26 p.m.

Pioneer's AD and head coach stood against the wall with their arms folded across their chests. Pioneer's parents were trying to get their players back.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 3:33 p.m.

Sports here is your chance to report. What happened? What was said and by whom? How did the coaches and AD handle the situation?


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 2:43 p.m.

It looks like racial slurs were used in previous meetings between the two teams. Here's my take from reading about the game itself. Pioneer is losing and Jibreel single-handedly turns the game around in the closing minutes. Previous article "Hussein scored the game-tying and go-ahead buckets with three minutes left, then recorded a game-sealing steal with three seconds left as Pioneer upset Temperance Bedford, 64-61, Tuesday night at home." So a 16/17 year old kid helps upset a highly ranked team and he's pretty excited. He secures the game with a steal and tries to dunk, big deal. I'm not going to blame a teenager for a little over exuberance in a what sounds like a huge team win. The racial slurs are a bunch nonsense and a highly excited (young kid), reacts. And the article points out it isn't the first time it happened between the two teams. Ask me where the problem is, it's with the coach. Control your players. Then he makes some idiotic comments about "knowing where you're from". If I had a choice, I'm blaming the coach and not some teenager that probably had one of the largest moments in his high school career.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 2:44 p.m.

And I'm an impartial observer. I don't know the kid, coach, Bedford, etc...


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 2:40 p.m.

Just wondering...would the word "alleged" had a place in the headline?

Kyle Austin

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 3:27 p.m.

Yes, ekimecir, we've since added the word "alleged" to the headline


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 2:32 p.m.

Hussein scored the game-tying and go-ahead buckets with three minutes left, then recorded a game-sealing steal with three seconds left as Pioneer upset Temperance Bedford, 64-61, Tuesday night at home. Not sure he was showboating, looks like he was trying to seal the win.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 6:56 p.m.

Completely agree with @hoops101. The kid had a huge game, sealed the win and was happy. You see the same stuff happen everyday in college sports, pro sports, etc...


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 4:57 p.m.

I have played sports my whole life and played D1 baseball...nowhere throughout my career was pointing at your jersey ever considered "showboating". That's called PRIDE. He sealed a huge win and wanted to let everyone know who he played for. He didn't come over to the Bedford fans and give them the finger or shout profanities. You see soccer players slide on their knees and point at their jerseys after they score a see this all the time in sports! The fact is, Bedford is not used to losing this year and had a hard time accepting that they were outplayed and were defeated last night. Sportsmanship takes place on both sides...victory and defeat. In defeat, you swallow your pride, walk away, and find a way to get better and not lose again.

Craig Lounsbury

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 2:48 p.m.

the 'show boating" in question came after the game was over.

Shawn S.

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 2:31 p.m.

I love how an article about Pioneer basketball becomes Ann Arbor is liberal elite's. Give me a break!! This is a journalist giving you facts. This is not Fox News or MSNBC that gives you what you want to hear. Do you think a Temperance fan who did hear the slur is going to admit to hearing it? Sure was this young man showing extremely poor sportsmanship, absolutely. I happen to think someone did say something. Sure he was going over to show boat but something made him get angry. I am sure as a young mulim AMERICAN he is sick and tired of being called names. I hear responses say what does this kid expect when you taunt a crowd, are these the same people who say if a girl dresses provocative she deserves what might happen to her?


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 2:29 p.m.

You don't get to provoke people (in this case, sports fans) and then take the stance of a victim. It doesn't work in real life, and it doesn't apply here. No matter what school you are from.

you can't handle the truth

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 2:25 p.m.

How out of control must you be to try to dunk at the buzzer while up 3 and MISS then go running at the student section to taunt them after that embarrassment? Sounds like there is a school that needs to do less whining and start teaching some sportsmanship.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 2:15 p.m.

Let me get this out of the way first...shame on Bedford for the racial slurs, shame om their athletic director for not policing his/her fans better as it sounds as though it's not the first time this has happened. But I will point out the similarity to this event and the infamous Pioneer/Huron football brawl. Let's see the common threads, Pioneer involved...check, Pioneer wins...check, Pioneer taunting...check. Lucky this did not get out of control into a full fledged brawl like the last incident did. It certainly could have. It would seem to me that the Pioneer administrators still have some work to do in educating their players and COACHES about acting responsibly and showing good sportsmanship. Some Pioneer players still has no idea what this is and their coaches aren't teaching it either. A dunk at the buzzer up three? Give me a break. Show some class Jibreel and just hold onto the ball. I'm shocked that this story did not criticize the taunting angle of the issue. I fault Kyle for not discussing both sides of the issue here. Unless Pioneer takes strong steps to educate all student athletes about how to behave in games when winning and when losing, this will not be the last story told about Pioneer players involved in a fight after or during a game.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 4:41 p.m.

This isn't about what issue is bigger. It's about reporting both sides of the story. Without the taunting, who's to say the comments from the crowd even happen. Maybe without the football brawl in Pioneer's history this story is more about the racism but unfortunately it did happen. Pioneer athletes love to taunt. I'm sure we'll see more of it in the games ahead. Pioneer and many of us seem to have a "head in the sand" mentality. This behavior isn't going away, it's only going to get worse. Saline plays Pioneer in a few days, I'm sure I'll see more poor sportmanship from Pioneer.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 4:24 p.m.

Bedford's athletic director sent two school officials to the game to make sure the students stayed in line. They were posted 10 feet on either side of the students at all times. There were no racial slurs before, during, or after the game. Watch Pioneer's game films to see if you can pick out Hussein's father taunting the student section the entire game. That man was looking for trouble and he got his article written.

Kyle Austin

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 2:32 p.m.

It's not uncommon for players to do things like point at their jerseys in front of opposing student sections. That doesn't mean it's right and it doesn't mean it's an issue that doesn't deserve inspection. But it doesn't justify racism, and to me that's the bigger issue here.

you can't handle the truth

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 2:02 p.m.

If you go taunt opposing fans, especially opposing student sections, you have things like this coming to you. Nice sportsmanship, buddy.

you can't handle the truth

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 3:35 p.m.

I am not endorsing the use of racial slurs. But if you go over to an already riled up crowd and taunt them, nothing positive is going to result from that. There obviously is no sportsmanship being taught by the Pioneer coaches. I understand wanting to stick up for your players, but when your players act like idiots, that should be a teaching moment - not a whining moment.

Terry Star21

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 3:05 p.m.

You can't be serious...."you have things like this coming to you" (racial slurs). This is America.

you can't handle the truth

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 2:44 p.m.

There is no need for the racial slurs though. If some clown were to blow a dunk in an attempt to rub it in then still have the guts to come over and try to taunt the stands after that embarrasing show, there would have been plenty of other material to use. Try doing this at Cass Tech. They would laugh you right out of the gym.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 1:59 p.m.

Also let me add, I've been a big fan of pioneer sports for along time. This year could possibly be the worst year I've seen the students act. Don't forget about what happened when we played Huron this year and there was a brawl. Shows that pioneer hasn't shown good sportsmanship the whole year and something major needs to be done.


Thu, Feb 21, 2013 : 12:55 a.m.

@ryan hagy...its because he's from Bedford and can only comment on this game and from what he's read on He messed up Jibreel's name twice in his earlier post lol pretty silly stuff.

Ryan Hagy

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 6:39 p.m.

So back to my original comment "Taking 2 events that were covered by and assuming that the HUNDREDS of other games played by other Pioneer teams this year are just like them is an ignorant assumption." Why are you assuming that all of Pioneer sports teams have poor sportsmanship when you are only referring to one football game and the basketball team?


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 6:22 p.m.

My post was about the Huron pioneer football game. You're making yourself Sound stupid. It's about pioneer as a whole I'm not just talking about basketball obviously if I'm talking about football also.

Ryan Hagy

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 3:53 p.m.

So maybe say that the basketball team has an issue with sportsmanship, not Pioneer as a whole. You generalizing these situations does not add any value to this conversation and fuels a false reputation that all Pioneer sports teams are classless.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 3:42 p.m.

If you didn't see my post earlier, I said I had been to every pioneer game home and away this year. I've seen how they've acted so you accusing me of making an assumption you are wrong

Ryan Hagy

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 3:24 p.m.

Taking 2 events that were covered by and assuming that the hundreds of other games played by other Pioneer teams this year are just like them is an ignorant assumption.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 1:55 p.m.

Maybe having a student, who might had directed the racial slur towards the player, get his butt kick would eventually solve the issue of a fan ever saying something again. There is a point and time where being a minority and constantly having racial slurs flung at you on a constant basis just wears on you. If this hasn't ever happen to you then you probably wouldn't understand this. Sure some might say getting into a fight won't solve anything and its not the correct way to solve the problem. What? "Sensativity Trainging" will? Please! People have already developed their racial attitudes and not much is going to change them ever while being a teenager. Slap him across the jaw and I bet that kid will think twice before ever mouthing another racial slur towards an minority again.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 1:47 p.m.

I was not even at this game, and reading this article I would be completely embarrassed if I was the reporter. But, everyone should remember this is the LIBERAL media at its best!! Come man really?? Make this player some sort of victim when he taunts a crowd, and does not expect words back at him? Right or wrong by the Bedford fans this player did light the match! I can tell you this much reading the article, and the words from this coach I would be the first to have my son going to a different school. Coaches like this are exactly what is wrong with the student athletes today. "They do as they see" and "Say what they hear" So this AA player acts like a child in front of the crowd, and his coach responds like a child!!! it sounds like this school needs a new babysitter!

Silly Sally

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 10:04 p.m.

I agree with BOTH "bagelbros" and Pete Cunningham. But Pete. Do we know that a racial insult was said? How come amongst hundreds of people, only this one player could hear it. Was it whispered into his ear? How come no one else heard it? Very, very strange. It seems imagined.

Pete Cunningham

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 4:46 p.m.

If you think a player is acting like a jerk, boo him, call him a jerk, make noises when he comes to the free-throw line, whatever. If it's really out of hand a ref, coach or administrator will usually step in and if not maybe you can bring the issue to their attention. Responding with racist insults, however, should never be one of the options. If you're saying people were calling him a (insert racial slur) because he was acting like an (insert racial slur) then there is a fundamental problem with the thought process here.

you can't handle the truth

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 2:04 p.m.

Nice post.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 1:22 p.m.

This is sad, so sad. After listening the NPR commentary on athletes this morning and then another story about athletes, this one close to home.


Thu, Feb 21, 2013 : 12:29 p.m.

Ah, the indignant, 'how dare you' response, that usually comes when someone can't justify what they wrote. Care to explain how I took you comment out of context? I posted the entire comment, and what you wrote was in response to (and support of) someone who blamed the racist remark on the player's showboating.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 10:22 p.m.

northside - Once again you take my comment out of context. Sad, so sad you want to play that game. As I replied to your other out of context response above. No one deserves any sort of slur. It is a form of bullying and discrimination. I am so sorry you seem to want to take things out of their original context.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 3:30 p.m.

And you're one of many people who has said that the racial slurs were a justified response to the showboating. That's sad, so sad. "The player showboated after the game in front of the opposing team's bench and fans after attempting and missing a dunk at the end of the game. That is where it comes from." This is about racism, not athletics.

Craig Lounsbury

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 1:17 p.m.

"After the horn, Hussein approached the Bedford student section and showboated, pointing at his jersey." Not to condone what may or may not have followed but if someone taunts a large crowd and gets a negative result one shouldn't be overly surprised. What does one expect under the circumstance? Let that be included in the "lessons" to be learned.


Thu, Feb 21, 2013 : 1:47 a.m.

Pete, what did you actually see? Did the player celebrate with his teammates or did he rub in to the opposing fans after attempting to score as the buzzer sounded?

Pete Cunningham

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 8:34 p.m.

Well said, ThinkingOne.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 6:39 p.m.

Pete You seem to be justifying certain actions taken at this game as 'celebrating'; then you quote former Minnesota coach J. Robinson "Work hard to get to the mountaintop, and celebrate like hell when you get there." Don't know the coach but I would be a bit surprised if he would consider these actions to be 'celebrating': Try to dunk the ball with the outcome of the game already decided; Miss; Then go try to rub it in to the opposing fans. While this type of thing is not uncommon in sports today, it is hardly ideal and I doubt that it is the type of celebrating that Coach Robinson was referring to. When Brandi Chastain was celebrating the USA women's Soccer Team's victory in the World Cup, she ripped off her jersey, let out a scream, fell to her knees and ran in a circle until she was surrounded by her teammates - all while smiling a huge smile. That is celebrating. I am a little shocked that a sports reporter cannot tell the difference between celebrating and showboating. Maybe it is because showboating like this is so common today; it is not enough for you and your fans to feel good, the opposing team and their fans have to feel bad. As a beginning rule, things you do WITH your team or fans are generally celebrating; things you do AT the opponent or their fans are usually showboating or taunting. Commenters note: my comment here is strictly about Pete Cunningham's definition of celebrating and has nothing to do with the rightness or wrongness of what happened after the 'celebrating'.

Pete Cunningham

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 4:37 p.m.

One of my favorite quotes of all-time is from an Olympic wrestler and the current coach of the Minnesota wrestling team, J. Robinson. I may be paraphrasing here, but he said, "Work hard to get to the mountaintop, and celebrate like hell when you get there." Jibreel was showing emotion after a big win for his team and celebrating. Good for him. Did he get a little carried away? Maybe. But his display of emotion does not justify alleged ignorant and hurtful language to be said toward he and his family. Retaliating to the ignorance with violence is obviously not the way to go, especially considering people in the stands have nothing to lose whereas Jibreel's actions, even if after the final whistle, could get him suspended from play. Luckily that was avoided and the situation was diffused.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 3:51 p.m.

"Wrong. The showboating in no way justifies use of racial slurs." I agree in no way should racial slurs ever be used at any point in the game. Showboating seems to be more prevalent in men's sports. Women tend to "showboat" in other ways which I'm not saying I agree with. Point being maybe its time mom and dad have conversations with these kids about how to celebrate a win and how to look like a complete jackhole on the court. Parents it's okay to let your kids know when they are misbehaving. You are not a bad parent or squashing their spirit by doing so. In fact most of us will applaud and thank you for teaching your child how to be humble and less jackholey. The world has too many jackholes as it is.

Kyle Austin

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 2:22 p.m.

Thanks for your comment Craig. That was my first thought, too, that some of the onus is on the players to avoid putting themselves in situations where this can happen.

Craig Lounsbury

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 1:34 p.m.

" The showboating in no way justifies use of racial slurs." I made that clear northside. Nothing I said condones or justifies the racial slurs. But showboating in front of a hostile crowd will likely illicit a variety of negative responses. That is a fact.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 1:25 p.m.

Wrong. The showboating in no way justifies use of racial slurs.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 1:16 p.m.

Ive not missed a game this season, and for some reason this season our team (pioneer) always has to get the last word. Coach Stanczek was out of line the whole game and so was Hussein's family. If Jabrill walks off the court none of this happens. I witnessed myself Jabrilly father tell his son to come and give him a hug right in front of the Bedford fans. Totally unclassy.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 8:23 p.m.

For somebody who has gone to every game this year, you would think you would at least be able to spell his name correctly? You would also know that his family is extremely close and there's nothing wrong with hugging family after a big win. Oh and you would have also heard Bedford students calling him a terrorist at the last meeting @Bedford...pretty sad that an adult is so sour after HS bball game that they have to post as the opposing team's fan lol


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 1:15 p.m.

I've personally worked hundreds of high school football and basketball games in southeast Michigan over the last 20 years and one thing is obvious, Pioneer High School is the worst behaved group of fans and student athletes outside of Detroit. This in no way excuses what the Bedford fans did or said. It is however an observation made after consistently viewing what has to be one of the most disfunctional athletics programs (Pioneer) in the state. It's true that Pioneer has some good kids, and its true that it is a good high school but for some reason the athletic events are a circus. The problems run the gamant from rowdy fans, players who start physical altercations before during and after games. I've personally sat in on conversations where the behavior of the Pioneer student section has been discussed and condemned to the Pioneer athletic director and year after year the students and fans of Pioneer are the most disrespectful out of control in the area I work. Think about this for a second, Students and fans at other places with much higher crime rates/poverty like Ypsilanti, Romulus, Ecorse, River Rouge, Melvindale etc.... Dont behave in the manner that Pioneer fans, parents and coaches do. I'm not dillusional enough to believe that my comments here will change anything but at least others should know the way Pioneer is viewed by those in the MHSAA. The athletic director at Pioneer has been informed of such problems, especially with their student section and yet nothing has been done. This is the problem with entitlement culture at Pioneer where the students/ faculty and parents believe their kids should be treated to a different standard. Like I said earlier this doesn't excuse the Bedford fans but if you think what ever they said was bad go sit by the Pioneer student section when they play Huron and listen to the vile things said to Huron players.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 3:02 p.m.

The attitudes and behavior starts at home. The coaches and AD can preach sportsmanship and good conduct, however until the parents are actually going to back that up and not undermine the rules and guidelines set forth, nothing will change. Given this specific scenario; if the coach benches this player for "showboating" the family and player will likely complain. If the coach doesn't bench the player, the coach and AD are then criticized for fostering poor sportsmanship. Again we go back to personal responsibility. These are varsity high school athletes. Most know the rules and know the difference between good and bad sportsmanship. They chose which way to play the game. In my opinion and experience a large part of that is knowing mommy or daddy will always back them up because it is impossible for any of these kids to be wrong. It's always the coach, the fans, the officials, the AD, the community, etc. No athlete should be subjected to name calling or racial slurs but it goes back to personal responsibility. Should the athlete have walked away and reported the incident to coaches and officials? Or is it better for the athlete to "showboat" and put it back in the faces of those hurling the insults? It takes tremendous maturity and courage to turn the other cheek and walk away but that is what the rules of the game call for. Not "showboating" or athletes handling the matter on their own.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 2:40 p.m.

fjord, You are correct, I mispelled the word gamut. Thanks for pointing out my mistake. I hope that coming on and correcting spelling errors has in some way fulfilled your lifes work. Thanks for being the intelligent wonderful human being you are, and in the future feel free to waste everyone's time with your helpful comments. I can only imagine what type of narcissistic egomaniac feels the compulsion to correct spelling errors made on a news website posting board. Good Luck Sir, as I'm sure you need it.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 2:16 p.m.

"gamant"? It's gamut.

Craig Lounsbury

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 1:43 p.m.

If I might offer the Cliff Notes to your post..... "Ann Arbor Pioneer is the Ohio State of the MHSAA" ;)


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 12:52 p.m.

Looks like it's early in the morning any pretty much ONLY bedford fan's have read this story....


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 4:16 p.m.

"If we in Ann Arbor want to be as good as we seem to think we are, let's have a conversation about how we can improve, instead of blaming the heathens and savages in Ohio". A good start would be for AA parents to do the parenting at home, the coaches do the coaching on the field or court, and the ADs to manage and oversee that programs are being run as they should. When parents show interest in us coaches telling them how to parent, I'll be more interested in them telling us how to coach. Until then leave the parenting to parents, the coaching to coaches, and management and oversight to ADs. Coaches with the oversight of ADs, should be in charge of managing and running teams. Not parents and athletes. Remember that every single time you call to complain about playing time or coach so and so admonished my child today. Did you ask your child about their involvement or role in all of it? Anytime my child complains that his coach doesn't like him I remind him that a. your coach is not supposed to be your friend and b. you and your coach both have a job to do and need to do it. Sports are not organized social hours or paid babysitting services. The point of sports is to learn the game, exercise and physical activity, learning how to be a teammate, and learning that someone or some team will come out ahead or behind. Why is using common sense questionable in AA?

A A Resident

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 2:33 p.m.

Apologies. I should have said "the heathens and savages outside of Ann Arbor". :-)

Chester Drawers

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 2:26 p.m.

That's Bedford High School in Temperance, MICHIGAN.

A A Resident

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 1:11 p.m.

If we in Ann Arbor want to be as good as we seem to think we are, let's have a conversation about how we can improve, instead of blaming the heathens and savages in Ohio.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 12:46 p.m. know all you had to do was get that "fan" to throw a punch.....INSTANT HATE CRIME.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 12:44 p.m.

It looks like Pioneer assistant Matt Felicia is the most rational person of the entire story: a story that should not have been sensationalized to begin with.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 4:15 p.m.

You are correct about Coach Felicia. Coach Stanczek and AD Claire were standing against the wall with their arms folded, doing nothing but observing.

Ryan Hagy

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 3:31 p.m.

Great job diffusing the situation.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 12:25 p.m.

Mr. Hussein should have subscribed to the "Haters gonna hate" theory and confidently walked off the court.

A A Resident

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 12:19 p.m.

As far as the comment being a "racial slur" (which seems to engender special sympathy): Sometimes people will blurt whatever comes to mind to be hurtful, and it's not necessarily any indication of the person's true sentiments. If someone insults your wife or girlfriend, you can just walk away. If someone insults your race, you can just walk away. One doesn't need to give another person power over them by handing over control of their emotions and actions, due to a spoken insult. I hope these are some things the Pioneer coach will emphasize.

A A Resident

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 11:58 a.m.

People say stuff. Moving that in the direction of a physical confrontation is hardly evidence of being better educated, or morally superior, so I'm sorry to hear that the Pioneer coach implied superiority. At least he seemed to be urging tolerance.

Alan Goldsmith

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 11:51 a.m.

"You have to understand that you're from Ann Arbor, which is a highly educated town, which is liberal-minded and people understand that the color of someone's skin doesn't matter," Stanczak said. "It's not like that everywhere in the world, and you just have to understand that. Ignorance is a tough thing." It sure is Coach.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 7:49 a.m.

So after he tells the kids all about how they are better than people from other places, does he plan to touch on the subject of sportsmanship at all? There is no excuse for yelling racial slurs... if that is actually what happened and not just the kid's excuse for poor behavior. But there is also no excuse for taunting fans or other teams. It makes Pioneer (and Ann Arbor) look bad. This coach clearly has no control over his team if he doesn't even recognize that he should address showboating and taunting by his players.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 7:37 a.m.

So, according to the Pioneer coach, people in Ann Arbor are apparently educated and enlightened while people in Bedford are just backward and stupid. I think that "most educated town in america" title is going to his head. To use such a broad brush to paint a community isn't teaching his players acceptable life skills. And apparently, according to the coach, not being liberal is to be ignorant. If a classless player, who comes over to taunt the opposing fans after a win, says he then heard a racial slur, which no one else heard, I wouldn't give him the benefit of the doubt. I wouldn't have the headline state it as fact. A better headline would have been, "Conceited Player Alleges Racial Slur and Starts Fight".


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 5:42 p.m.

Silly Sally, the name fits the mindset if you believe Jesse or Al Sharpton need to be called because of an exchange.

Silly Sally

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 3:15 p.m.

I, too wondered why only the one player heard the taunt, and no one else. Too convienient, I think, something that he is using to excuse his show-boating. Is he to call Jesse, next? Oh, Jesse is busy with his son's problems at the moment. Al Sharpton?


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 6:23 a.m.

What an irresponsible piece of sensational journalism. The coach said he "heard" from a player that he "heard" a single racial slur coming from somewhere in the Bedford crowd? Let me set the stage. It was a very loud environment and there were hundreds of people. Young Mr Hussein was finishing up shaking hands with the Bedford players, and instead of joining his team in the locker room, he chose to stay on the court. And amidst all of the noise, he heard a racial slur. A slur that no one else heard. A slur that he heard, despite being 75 feet away from Bedford's fans. And better yet, he heard it so clearly that he knew it was also intended for his family as well? Jump ahead to the Pioneer players and fans then rushing Bedford's stunned students and parents. Where was Coach Stanczek? Probably with his back to the situation, much like he did when Several of his other players and others went after Jackson Lamb while he was being interviewed after the game at Bedford. Coach Stanczek runs a completely classless program. It is evidenced by his theatrical ranting and screaming on the court, as well by the display his players put on during and after games. Bedford is situated 1 mile from Toledo. We are pretty well educated in diversity, so your attempt to discredit our highly-educated community is baseless. And classless. Thank you for at least taking the time to interview Coach Sameha, who runs a class organization, as does Nick Lowe at Bedford. Perhaps Pioneer should watch seek to emulate one or both of these fine schools instead of disparaging Bedford in a pathetic attempt to cover its own blatant deficiencies.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 5:02 p.m.

Temperance to Toledo distance.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 5:01 p.m.

Facts for Bedfordfan: Temperance comprises about 8,000 people give or take, of whom 97-98 percent are white, and less than 1 percent are black. Also the distance from Temperance to Bedford is at least 10 miles, and affords the difference in racial diversity seen if one drives from the outer edge of Ypsilanti to Dexter, Michigan.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 1:49 p.m.

Here! Here! Bedfordfan1 This is typical journalism in Ann Arbor. If it's not politically correct, they won't print it. If I were a betting man, I would put my money on Bedford.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 1:06 p.m.

"Pretty well educated in diversity" for a town that's 95% Caucasian. Please don't delete that - it's a fact, and it's on-topic.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 12:59 p.m.

'1 Mile from Toledo' doesn't sound too far off of '1 Mile from detroit' since I've been to Toledo plenty and actually have an idea of what that city is like. Are you aware that Toledo actually has a considerably higher property crime rate than detroit?

Kyle Austin

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 6:52 a.m.

Quoting someone who is referencing what someone else told him does not take away from the journalistic integrity of the story. While I didn't hear the any of the words myself, it was obvious watching the situation that something was said to incite this.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 6:23 a.m.

there seems to be a fundamental problem with sportsmanship at Pioneer. Their coaches don't set a good example and their players spout off and misbehave. The Pioneer AD seems completely overwhelmed and lacks control of her coaches. Being competitive is one thing, but doing it with class seems to be lost on Pioneer. So what if someone from the bleachers is being a jerk. You don't try and dunk the ball as time expires and you certainly don't confront the fans by taunting them. Coaches and players need to keep self control. I doubt the Pioneer AD will do anything to discipline her coach or the player.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 10:20 p.m.

northside - No, I am not suggesting that, only responding to your comment about where did the showboating come from. No one deserves to be slurred for race, religion, ethnic background, orientation, weight or any other condition they find themselves in. Slurs are another form of discrimination and bullying. I am sorry you took my comment out of context.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 3:15 p.m.

"I doubt the Pioneer AD will do anything to discipline her coach or the player". If the team rules or MHSAA rules (I'm pretty sure they do) indicate that the player was out of line the coach and AD will most likely handle the matter internally. Just because they don't disclose to what the outcome will be doesn't mean there won't be action. And for all those that seem to think the AD and coach are the problem are you going to back them up when they do take action and demand accountability from athletes? In my experience it's usually the parents that are the first to scream when kids are held accountable. Those screams usually come in the form of legal threats, emails, parents attending practices (when they don't go to games) all to create a hostile and threatening environment so coaches will back off. Again, I ask, are you going to back up the coaches and Athletic Staff when they do enforce the rules and hold kids accountable?

Terry Star21

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 2:53 p.m.

sorry......"more importantly the parents"..... (I hate the spell check)

Terry Star21

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 2:51 p.m. are so far off about the sportsmanship of Pioneer coaches and athletic director. These fine people are professionals and always set the best examples, and always follow through on investigations. They are trusted by the community, but more importably by the prints of these students. I have seen the inside of the Pioneer athletic structure for a 20 year period, and you are on the outside guessing. Don't assume you have any idea about these fine people and their program.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 1:23 p.m.

Jabrill's family wasnt attacked, they attacked the Bedford fans. Obviously you werent at the game or you did not see it.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 1:21 p.m.

@ DonBee: You're suggesting that the player's showboating justifies racial slurs. Wow.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 1:18 p.m.

Sure, it would be ideal if the Pioneer player turned the other way when not only he, but his family was attacked, but that's an expectation that not even adults can live up to. How many of us could turn the other way? Sounds like the coaches got right on it.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 1:16 p.m.

northside - Read the article carefully. The player showboated after the game in front of the opposing team's bench and fans after attempting and missing a dunk at the end of the game. That is where it comes from.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 12:55 p.m.

Wow so this is about the sportsmanship of Pioneer kids and not the ignorance of a poor losing prejudice Bedford fan. Come on Boo lose your prejudice of Pioneer what are you a Rat?


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 12:48 p.m.

How does an article about Pioneer players being victimized by racial slurs lead to a comment about showboating?