Boy mistakenly identified as black player’s son, League apologizes



The National Women’s Soccer League commissioner apologized to a black North Carolina team player for a program in which a boy was mistakenly identified as her 9-year-old son at her game.

Commissioner Lisa Baird apologized Monday to North Carolina Courage striker Jessica McDonald, her son and the boy in the camera shoot, saying she “apologized deeply for the misidentification” during Saturday’s game.

The Charlotte Observer reports that a television graphic incorrectly identified the child as Jeremiah, McDonald’s son, who is Black. The camera panned to the kid in mask and baseball cap as the announcer named him Jeremiah and highlighted McDonald’s goal in the first half.

The game aired on CBS Sports on Saturday, Juniteeth, a national holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The network had shown a two-minute taped section about McDonald and her son that day.

McDonald tweeted the 15 second clip on Sunday, writing that it was, “It’s an honor to be featured on @CBS at halftime, but this isn’t even my son. I’m not sure who is responsible for bringing attention to any black boy in the stands. But that’s NOT OK !!!!!! This poor kid looks sooo uncomfortable …

Baird also sent a personal apology to McDonald on Monday, according to a league spokesman. McDonald commented and wrote “Thanks” on Twitter for the apology.


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