Now that’s just cold.
American Airlines has issued an apology to two pro basketball players who were kicked off a plane after a flight attendant accused them of stealing blankets.
An airline spokesperson confirmed that Marquis Teague and Trahson Burrell of the Memphis Hustle boarded the South Dakota-bound flight at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Sunday.
Two first-class passengers handed the NBA G league players their blankets as they headed to their seats in coach. But the warm gesture was torn apart by a flight attendant who accused the athletes of stealing the blankets before forcing them off the plane.
The rep said an airline manager apologized to the players for the turbulence, adding that Burrell and Teague later flew first class to their destination in Sioux Falls, SD.
The flight was operated by Envoy Air, however this incident comes weeks on the heels of AA announcing that it will implement implicit-bias training for its employees.
The decision, announced by Chief executive Doug Parker last month, was in response to the NAACP issuing a travel advisory for AA back in October. The association reported uncovering “a pattern of disturbing incidents reported by African-American passengers,” and noted the incidents suggest a “corporate culture of racial insensitivity and a possible racial bias.”
We guess that first class training didn’t kick in just yet…
At least the players seem to be taking the incident in jest. On Thursday, Hustle coach Glynn Cyprien tweeted out a photo of the two flying coach once again — this time, with a blanket in hand:
Ha! Stay warm up there!
[Image via Twitter.]