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Memphis Hustle players kicked off plane after false theft accusation

Memphis Hustle players kicked off plane after false theft accusation

Memphis Hustle players Marquis Teague and Trahson Burrell, both 24, were thrown off Envoy Air Flight 3756 from Dallas to Sioux Falls after being accused of swiping blankets from the first-class cabin.

As they took their seats, a flight attendant, who was also black, accused the duo of stealing the blankets. A frustrated Burrell responded angrily, which prompted the flight attendant to refuse to fly unless the players were removed from the flight.

After being notified of the incident, an official at American Airlines apologized to the players.

An airline manager later apologized to the players and rebooked them on a first class flight from Dallas to Sioux Falls. He played parts of three seasons in the National Basketball Association with the Bulls and the Brooklyn Nets and bounced around the G League and professional teams in Israel and Russian Federation before being taken by the Memphis Hustle in the 2017 G League expansion draft. The airlines later issued a statement regarding the matter.

The two men, who are African-American, had boarded a flight operated by American's regional subsidiary Envoy Air. "How about you teach people to get the facts first before jumping to conclusions?" "We take pride in bringing people together, and we know that on this flight we let some of our customers down".

A flight attendant questioned the players which led to a heated exchange.

Hustle coach Glynn Cyprien and assistant coach Darnell Lazare took to Twitter to express their frustration with the incident.

It appears this could be the latest of several instances of racial discrimination from American Airlines employees. They issued a "travel advisory" in October that urged black travelers against using the company.

"We are obviously disappointed the incident occurred and the way American Airlines chose to handle the situation", he said.

The team said it opened an investigation regarding the matter.

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