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Florida Man Diagnosed With HIV Booted From Basketball League (Video)

A Florida man diagnosed with HIV last week was booted from a local basketball league after he posted about it on Facebook.

Dakota Basinger, 21, played basketball all season for Kissimmee’s Florida Dream Sports, but he was pulled off the court during a playoff game Sunday and a city employee asked him point blank if he was HIV positive.

Basinger said he was HIV positive, and the employee told him he’d have to kick him out of the game and off the team.

"I feel humiliated and discriminated against," Basinger the Orlando Sentinel. "I felt horrible walking out of that gym."

"I couldn't believe it," said his mother, Lisa Basinger. "I explained to them that they needed to educate themselves on HIV and that you cannot transmit HIV through spit or casual contact."

A city spokeswoman, Arin Thrower, told the Sentinel Tuesday that the part-time worker "acted independently and without supervisor approval" when he removed Basinger from the game.

Thrower said Basinger will be allowed to play in the league again when the next season starts.

"The city has taken corrective action to ensure this does not happen in the future," Thrower said, adding that "as of right now," the employee is still employed by the city.

"He's going through a lot, having just been diagnosed," Lisa Basinger said. "My wish is that everybody would become educated about the facts and myths of HIV."

Sources: Orlando Sentinel, Newser


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