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Ohio 7th Grader Disciplined For Repeating Controversial Announcer Call From NFL Video Game

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In another example of how video games corrupt today’s impressionable youth, a 7th-grader in Sandusky, Ohio, was disciplined by school officials for repeating a phrase from the football game Madden NFL 12.

The 7th-grader’s name has not been released. He was acting as a play-by-play announcer during a middle school football game last week when he described a young player, who is of Haitian descent, as possessing “getting-away-from-the-cops speed.”

We worked with the student, and we hope this is a learning experience,” Margaretta Schools Superintendent Ed Kurt told the Sandusky Register newspaper. “We want to move forward in a positive fashion.”

But the internal discipline wasn’t enough for some of the youngster's peers. Reportedly, he received threats both to his face and via social media. The boys parents are now seeking legal advice to figure out whether to take action against the school and the other students who threatened their son.

“Getting away from cops speed” is a signature call used by sports announcer Gus Johnson. He first uttered the phrase during a 2009 NFL game, describing Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson.

At that time, Johnson the announcer, who like Johnson the running back is African-American, fended off accusations of racism. Gus Johnson apologized at the time, albeit halfheartedly, saying, “"If there is a perception of racism in this analogy, it is not coming from me. People of all races have run from the law. However, to those who are offended, I apologize."

But in the Madden video game, manufactured by Electronic Arts, a large video game publisher, Johnson’s voice is used as an announcer and, as in the video clip of the game below, employs the same phrase.

The school and the boy’s parents have said that both will make further comments about the incident on Friday.

SOURCES: Sandusky Register, CNet, YouTube