In-game an­nouncer apol­o­gizes for racially in­sen­si­tive re­marks in Philly

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PHIL­A­DEL­PHIA—IN-GAME an­nouncer Shawny Hill and the Phil­a­del­phia Wings apol­o­gized Sun­day after he made

racially in­sen­si­tive re­marks about Ge­or­gia Swarm for­ward Lyle Thomp­son.

Hill called for Thomp­son’s pony­tail to be cut dur­ing Ge­or­gia’s 13-11 Na­tional Lacrosse League win at Phil­a­del­phia’s Wells Fargo Cen­ter on Sat­ur­day night.

Thomp­son, from Onondaga Na­tion, N.Y., and his brothers Jerome and Miles all play for the Swarm and wear braided pony­tails in trib­ute to

their First Na­tions her­itage.

“2019 and the @Nllwings arena an­nouncer say­ing ‘let’s snip the pony tail’ to the whole arena and fans say­ing they’re go­ing to scalp me,” tweeted Lyle Thomp­son on Sat­ur­day night.

“I am deeply sorry for my in­sen­si­tive state­ments dur­ing last night’s game,” said Hill in a state­ment Sun­day.

Lyle Thomp­son, seen here in a 2015 file photo, is from Onondaga Na­tion, N.Y.

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