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Saturday, December 10, 2011

De Queen roiled by column on football fans

Posted By on Sat, Dec 10, 2011 at 7:06 AM

FLASH POINT: Column riled De Queen.
  • FLASH POINT: Column riled De Queen.
Mix high school football, the rise in people of Latino heritage in Arkansas and a newspaper column and what have you got?

In Nashville and De Queen, you have a boiling hot controversy. And the columnist has bought radio time to apologize for comments he made about De Queen football fans. KSLA in Texarkana reports.

Nashville News Publisher Mike Graves (yes, that Mike Graves) wrote after the De Queen-Nashville game:

I was really embarrassed for the decent citizens of De Queen, especially when the prayer and our national anthem were ignored by the thugs in the crowd who kept their caps on.

We heard someone say they played the wrong national anthem and might should have prayed in their 'new language.' How sad.

But when we give the illegal so much, how do we expect them to have any respect or regard for America?

Readers, partiicularly people of Latino heritage, took the comments as racist. Nashville Mayor Billy Jones joined the criticism of comments that he said reflected poorly on his city. Note the headline on the column in question in photo.

Graves didn't talk to KSLA, but he did buy radio ads to apologize. The ads said, in part:

I'd like to express my sincere regret for offending the citizens of De Queen, Arkansas and anyone who took personal offense to the poorly worded article.

As has become customary, a Facebook page has popped up with the object of ripping Graves and his newspaper.

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