Arizona basketball ref fired after asking if players from majority-Latino school had green cards

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Interscholastic Association has fired a high school basketball referee who reportedly made a racist remark before a freshman game in the Tucson area.

NBC News reports the official asked if players from Pueblo High School — a majority-Latino school — had their green cards.

The reported comment came just before tipoff Tuesday night in Sahuarita as the coaches and officials were getting together on the court for introductions.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that a Tucson Unified School District executive reported the comment to the AIA on Wednesday morning and that led to the firing.

The referee reportedly told the AIA that his remarks were an attempt at humor and directed at the coach and not any players.

A representative for the AIA told NBC the organization acted quickly by talking to parents, administrators and officials.

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