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Brunswick family takes racial accusations to police

Published: Sep. 13, 2016 at 12:48 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 13, 2016 at 1:43 PM EDT
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BRUNSWICK, OH (WOIO) - Brunswick police are investigating a racial incident that all started at a high school football game.

Friday, Sept. 2 before the Brunswick game against Austintown Fitch, some Brunswick players are accused of using the N-word in the locker room when referring to Austintown Fitch players.

Teammate Rodney Axson Jr. heard it and confronted his own teammates.  Axson then decided to take a knee during the National Anthem as a form of protest.

It's the next night, Saturday Sept. 3 at a party, that a grocery list left out on a counter becomes scratch pad for racist comments written on by multiple football players, including someone writing "let's lynch" the n-word.
 
Although all of these facts came to light late last week, it was Wednesday that Rodney Axson Jr. and his parents, along with members of the NAACP, met with Brunswick police.

"At the end of the day all I ever ask for is fairness for my child, my children. Just be treated fair," explained Rodney Axson Sr.

Rodney Jr. himself didn't speak but his parents did who are making further accusations about the lack of action by the Brunswick
coaches even after the N-word was used in the locker room.

"One of the kids that was involved in this, or d ropped the N word like he said, that happened on Thursday, they played on Friday and the kid that was involved in it still played in the game and was promoted to team captain," according to Axson Sr.

In a surprise move the attorney for two of the players, who admitted they wrote the n-word on that paper but not the lynching statement,
spoke to the media Wednesday as well. The two players, who have now been suspended until the investigation is complete, have apologized to Rodney.

"If you ask a young person, a 17 or 18 year old, why they did a stupid thing they will generally say because I was being stupid,"
explained Ken Myers the attorney for two of the accused players.

"We didn't move to Brusnwick to say we live in a Caucasian community. We moved to Brunswick and said we live in a good community with a good education system. That was our thing. They made him see that he was black. They made him realize you are black and you are different than us,"
says Danielle Axson, Rodney Jr.'s mother.

The family said they have been supported by Brunswick school administrators, just not the coaching staff. We've reached back out to the Superintendent to ask about the new allegations of a player being promoted to team captain after the incident. He did not get back to us.

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