School bans 'I Can't Breathe' T-shirts at tournament

Dec 27, 2014 11:43 AM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A high school basketball tournament on the Northern California coast has become the latest flashpoint in the nationwide protests over police killings of unarmed black men.

The boys and girls varsity basketball teams from Mendocino High School were disinvited from the tournament starting Monday at nearby Fort Bragg High because of concerns players would wear T-shirts with the words "I Can't Breathe" printed on them while warming up.

Mendocino Unified School District Superintendent Jason Morse says the boys team was reinstated after all but one player agreed not to wear the shirts anywhere on the Fort Bragg campus during the three-day tournament, but too few girls accepted the condition for the team to field a tournament squad.

Several professional basketball players have worn "I Can't Breathe" shirts during pre-game warmups.

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