As the Decorah baseball team heads to Waverly-Shell Rock Friday night for an important doubleheader, they will face a school in the midst of a major controversy

Posted: Fri, Jul 3, 2020 8:04 AM

Some fans of the Waverly-Shell Rock baseball team are being accused of yelling racist taunts at a Black Charles City baseball player in a game between the two schools earlier this week.

Both the Waterloo Courier and the Des Moines Register report that Waverly school officials on Thursday issued a statement which read in part, "one of our fans (made) extremely inappropriate, bigoted comments towards a Charles City player...We make no excuses, because there are none."  The statement said the school district apologized to the Charles City school district and community and, in particular, to the Black baseball player towards whom the comments were directed.

The two newspapers reported that Waverly fans in the bleacher section behind the outfield fence yelled at center fielder Jeremiah Chapman, 'You should have been George Floyd,'" and "'You need to go back to the fields to do your job.'"

Charles City Superintendent Mike Fisher heard of the incident and decided to make it public.  Fisher told the Register, "It's unfortunate and it's disgusting, and we're going to bring sunshine to it because that's the only way we can make it better."