Parent seeks answers from Cloquet coach
By: Rodney King, Pine Journal
To the Editor:
Today I am playing the race card. The Cloquet Lumberjacks basketball game loss to Grand Rapids happened because our coaches blew it. Let me say that again. Our Cloquet basketball coaching staff lost that game for our team and prevented us from advancing to the state tournament.
With about two or three minutes left in the game and Cloquet down by 14, our coach sends in a freshman from the bench to play. That freshman scored 11 points. He made a four-point play where he made a three-point shot, was fouled and made the free throw. Then the coach sat him on the bench. Why? He is put back in and makes another basket. Again, the coach sent the kid to the bench. Why? That freshman is Jordan Diver and he’s a proud Native American. He has been playing basketball with his dad since the age of 3. Basketball is his passion. He grew up playing ball with many of the Cloquet kids. Many know that Jordan can out dribble and outshoot them because of his talent and skills.
The fact is, some players on our team have parents who may be pillars in the community and likely have some influence with the coach — the Indian kid plays while my son sits on the bench. Maybe it’s we are not going to be outdone by an Indian kid. The crowd even roared. Let nobody say this did not happen. My son videotaped the game.
Let the coach answer the questions. What does this teach our students about sportsmanship and life?
Rodney King, Cloquet