In-game announcer apologizes for racially insensitive remarks in Philly
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.