American Airlines Accuses NBA Players of Stealing

American Airlines has issued an apology after two NBA G-league basketball players were removed from a flight in Dallas.

According to ESPN, Marquis Teague and Trahson Burrell of the Memphis Hustle were accused of stealing blankets and kicked off of the plane.

Two first-class passengers on their Envoy Air flight to Sioux Falls, South Dakota gave the two players the blankets before they made their way to their seats in coach. However, the flight attendant accused the two men of theft and they were forced off of the plane.

It has been noted that the flight attendant that forced the players off of the plane is African American just like Teague and Burrell.

Joshua Freed, a spokesperson for the airline later said that an airline manager apologized to the players and they later flew to Sioux Falls in first-class.

Freed said to The Undefeated, “We apologize for what occurred on this flight. We take pride in bringing people together, and we know that on this flight we let some of our customers down. Our team at American, along with Envoy Air, is reviewing what happened and will be reaching out to the two players and the assistant coach.”

Back in October the NAACP issued a “travel advisory” warning African Americans that they could possibly face discrimination while flying with American Airlines. In November, Doug Parker, the airlines chief executive, told employees the airline will start incorporating “implicit-bias training.”

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