*Two NBA G League players were kicked off an American Airlines flight on Christmas Eve after a flight attendant accused them of stealing first-class blankets, The Root reports.
Memphis Hustle guard Marquis Teague and forward Trahson Burrell were boarding a flight bound for Sioux Falls, S.D., at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport when two first-class passengers gifted them their first-class blankets, per the New York Post.
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The two players were flying coach but after the black attendant for the flight accused the then of stealing “first-class” blankets, she also ordered them off the plane.
“It’s 2017 and a Flight attendant for @AmericanAir sees 2 young black athletes with blankets from first class,” Hustle assistant coach Darnell Lazare said on Twitter, the Post reports. “His 1st comment is ‘did you steal them’ how about you teach people to get the facts first before jumping to conclusions. #beingblackinamerican”
“American Airlines needs sensitivity training [for] attendants on flights dealing with humans and blankets,” Glynn Cyprien, the team’s head coach, tweeted.
An airline manager reportedly apologized to the players, who were given a first-class flight to their destination, according to AA spokesman Joshua Freed.
“We apologize for what occurred on this flight,” Freed told the Undefeated. “We take pride in bringing people together, and we know that on this flight we let some of our customers down. Our team at American, along with Envoy Air, is reviewing what happened and will be reaching out to [the two players and assistant coach Darnell Lazare].”