CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston NAACP President Dot Scott said she has spoken to former Academic Magnet football coach Bud Walpole who she says has apologized for the alleged post-game celebrations involving a watermelon which led to Walpole's removal from the football team.
During a press conference in downtown Charleston on Wednesday, Scott said she spoke to Walpole Wednesday morning.
According to Scott, Walpole apologized for the celebrations and said he did not see them as racially insensitive.
Scott also commended the Charleston County School District, specifically Superintendent Nancy McGinley, "for her swift attention to an inappropriate and racially insensitive ritual performed by the football team at Academic Magnet High School."
McGinley said a parent contacted a school board member after witnessing a post-game celebration involving a watermelon following a win by the Academic Magnet football team.
That sparked an investigation which revealed a "watermelon ritual with students making monkey sounds" that football team members engaged in after recent victories. Each time, the watermelon was decorated with what McGinley described as a caricature by a student using a Sharpie marker with the watermelon being named "Bonds Wilson" at various times.