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December 21, 2013

NT student makes lynching threat at KW basketball player


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The tweet caused the North Tonawanda basketball team and its coach, Ryan Mountain, to send a letter of apology to Ford and the Kenmore West team, signed by all of the North Tonawanda players, Fisher said.

Mallory, a 2005 Kenmore West graduate who is a former NFL player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was recently inducted into the Ken West Hall of Fame, said he did not take issue with the team, whose players were not involved — only the student who tweeted the comments.

“They sent a very nice, sincere letter,” Mallory said of the team. “It shows a lot of class.”

Ford, 15, who has been a varsity player for the school’s basketball team in his freshman and sophomore years, is also considered a top college prospect for his athletic abilities on the football field.

Mallory said he reached out to “administrators from both districts,” but did not receive a response from those in North Tonawanda. The family will continue weighing its legal options this week.

“They’ll probably go through with it,” he said, of legal action. 




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