The mother of Duke freshman Wendell Carter Jr. said she was verbally abused by a Rhode Island fan and forced to switch seats during Duke’s second-round NCAA tournament win over the Rams on Saturday.
Carter spoke to a local Raleigh-Durham reporter at halftime, and said the Rhode Island fan called her a “b—-.”
“Nobody wants to be called a name like that,” she said in the interview with ABC 11’s Bridget Condon. “Especially when it’s a white guy, and I’m black.”
Duke forward Marvin Bagley got called for a charge early in the game, and Carter, according to her version of the events, reacted by saying, “C’mon ref, that wasn’t a charge.”
One of the Rhode Island fans then looked at her and said, “Yes it was, b—-,” she claims.
I spoke with Wendell Carter Jr.’s mom at halftime to get her perception of what happened with the #URI fans. #MarchMadness #NCAATournament #URIvsDuke #ABC11 *warning some explicit language* pic.twitter.com/oTE8aIhb3i
— Bridget Condon (@BridgetABC11) March 17, 2018
Carter says she told the guys it was “ugly” – “You shouldn’t talk to me like that, I’m not talking to you at all” – but that the Rhode Island fans told here to “shut up, shut up, get over there, Duke fan.”
Carter said the fans had been a “problem already,” and that security arrived to resolve the incident. According to Carter and another report, at least one Rhode Island fan was led away.
Per the same report, Carter appeared to be wiping away tears:
Incident in the crowd involving Wendell Carter Jr.'s mother (taunting from RI fans?); she appears to be wiping away tears and has moved closer to Duke bench; RI fan escorted away
— Bob Sutton (@tnBobSutton) March 17, 2018
She then moved to sit in another section of Duke fans, and was able to enjoy the second half of Duke’s resounding 87-62 victory.
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