Georgia Tech lost a recruit this weekend as Jordan Johnson decided to decommit after an incident with campus police during GA Tech vs. Georgia game. Johnson is an offensive lineman at Ed White High in Jacksonville who was a long time recruit of GA Tech till Sunday. From the Rumble Seat has the details about the incident of racial profiling that lead to Jordan decommitment.
When recruits visit games, they are identified by a lanyard which is worn around their necks as opposed to a ticket. In this case, Johnson and his brother went to the concession stand and returned to see their mother being approached by an officer who said that she had to leave because she had no ticket. According to Johnson, who showed the officer his lanyard, the officer “felt as though we had forged those badges and we didn’t belong in the game”. Johnson then told the officer that he would decommit because of it, to which the man responded that he “wouldn’t care because he would still have his job if I went there or not”
Stories like this one continue to come out about racial profiling of black teens and families in America. I’m sure there was an easy way to verify the authenticity of Jordan and his family presence at the game. Instead the officer decided harassing them and making them feel unwanted. That’s not how you treat anyone let alone someone who was invited to the game.