Harlem Globetrotter Gets Apology After Banana Thrown at Him
By HALELUYA HADERO
The Associated Press
A Black member of the Harlem Globetrotters says two white news anchors threw fruit including a banana at him while he was performing basketball tricks on an Alabama news show earlier this year.
Maxwell Pearce spoke about the matter Saturday on social media. His posts came a day after WBRC-TV aired a show that featured an interview with Pearce about the January incident on Good Day Alabama.
A news director with the Birmingham news outlet has apologized to Pearce about the incident. The director says the fruits were thrown without knowing the racial implications.
The Harlem Globetrotters did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the incident.
The video Pearce posted on Instagram is below.
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While doing an interview with Fox 6 Alabama, two news anchors started throwing FRUIT at me (one of those fruit being a banana). As disrespectful and egregious as this was, I tried my best to maintain my composure while being caught off guard. I am sharing this video with the hopes of educating and inspiring people to speak up when its necessary to right a wrong. Without respecting and understanding other cultures, we cannot truly create change.
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8/19/2020 1:35:19 AM (GMT -5:00)