Former Penn State point guard Rasir Bolton has accused of Pat Chambers of making racially insensitive remarks, including a reference to a noose.
According to Bolton, who spoke to The Undefeated, midway through his freshman season in 2018-19 with the Nittany Lions, Chambers tried to lighten the load that his freshman point guard was carrying. Bolton’s recollection of the exchange went like this: “I want to be a stress reliever for you. You can talk to me about anything. I need to get some of this pressure off you.
“I want to loosen the noose that’s around your neck.”
Bolton also alleged that after his parents went to the Athletic Director with their concerns about this statement, Chambers told Bolton that he was impressed by how “organized” and “well-spoken” his parents are. Remarks like this are considered racially-insensitive because they are based on the underlying assumption that Black people are not expected to be either organized or articulate.
Chambers, to his credit, admitted making the noose comment.
“I didn’t realize that word would hurt him, and I am truly, truly sorry for that,” Chambers told The Undefeated. He said he did not remember the comment about Bolton’s parents.
Bolton left Penn State after his freshman season and transferred to Iowa State. He was given immediately eligibility with the Cyclones after mentioning the noose comment when applying for a waiver. He averaged 14.7 points this past season with Iowa State.
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