California high school stripped of basketball title after tortillas thrown at Latino opponents

A California high school has been stripped of a recently-won basketball championship after social media video captured their Latino opponents being pelted with tortillas.

On Wednesday, the California Interscholastic Federation vacated Coronado High School’s regional boys basketball championship and placed the school on probation through the 2023-24 school year.

In a statement, CIF said there was no doubt the behaviors exhibited after the June 19 game at predominantly-white Coronado High against Orange Glen High School were “unacceptable.”

“While consequences are warranted for such an egregious action as throwing tortillas at a predominantly Latino team and the sanctions below are being levied on the athletic program at Coronado High School, we must all be aware that behavior does not normally change with sanctions alone,” CIF said in a statement. “The path towards real change comes with the development of empathy for those who are on the receiving end of this type of degrading and demeaning behavior, no matter the proffered intent of that behavior.”

Under the ruling, the boys basketball program will be prohibited from hosting postseason competition until after the 2022-23 school year and all other athletic programs also will be barred until school stakeholders participate in a sportsmanship workshop and game management training.

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