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This couldn’t have stooped lower when it came to a gay basketball player

Joseph McCormick August 13, 2015
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An out gay high school basketball player has been left out in the worst way, not by classmates but by his school.

Kentucky basketball player, Dalton Maldonado, got a nasty shock when he opened his school’s yearbook to find his picture had been excluded from the page tribute to the basketball team he plays for.

The pictures featured every other player on the team, except for him,

Maldonado, of Betsy Layne High School, says he and his teammates have been harrassed, attacked and ridiculed by the school administration.

Writing on Facebook, he said: “I recently saw my senior yearbook, I flipped right to the sports basketball page only to find my senior basketball picture missing…which devastated me.”

OutSports.com’s Cyd Zeigle, wrote: “His deletion from this special spread in the yearbook is pretty telling… Maldonado has shared stories of discrimination by the school for the last few months, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that people at Betsy Layne High School may demonstrate deep-seated homophobia by excluding him from such an important honor for recent high school graduates.”

The Principal of the school, Cassandra Akers, has refused to discuss the issue with the media.

Meanwhile, Maldonado plans to study at the University of Louisville this September.

Earlier this year, he spoke of being targeted on the basketball court by someone on an opposing team who said: “Hey number three, I hear you’re a faggot.”

 

Related topics: basketball, high school, player, US

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