MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Two Memphis Hustle players claim they were unfairly kicked off of a plane over a false theft accusation.
According to The Undefeated, guard Marquis Teague and forward Trahson Burrell were handed blankets upon boarding. After they sat down, a flight attendant accused them of stealing the blankets.
The report states an argument ensued, leading the flight attendant to hold the plane until Teague and Burrell were kicked off.
Coaches Darnell Lazare and Glynn Cyprien both tweeted their displeasure over the incident:
American Airlines issued the following statement in response to the incident:
"Obviously I am disappointed, the incident occurred in the way American Airlines chose to handle the situation in the moment. At this time we are currently handling the matter internally, and working with American Airlines to resolve the issue in an appropriate fashion," Cyrpien said.
The source The Undefeated used for the story said the flight attendant appeared to be African-American as well.
The Hustle beat Sioux Falls on Christmas Day 131-115 to end a five game losing streak.
The team did not return WMC Action News 5's requests for comment.