ALLEN, Okla. – A small Oklahoma town is in the spotlight after an incident at a basketball game on Friday led to some viral videos.
The videos were taken at a high school basketball game between Allen and Vanoss, and one video had nearly 182,000 views as of Monday.
In the video taken at Allen High School, a player from Allen can be seen throwing a ball at another player from Vanoss from a just a few feet away.
The ball hit the player in the face, and he fell to the ground.
Afterwards, the teen who threw the ball walks off before being handed the ball again.
The game then appears to continue.
Across Facebook, thousands of comments flooded in.
Many people called for disciplinary action for the teen who threw the ball.
The athletic director for Vanoss declined to talk to us on camera but did hand us a statement from the district.
The statement said, in part:
“In no way do we feel the behavior of the Allen student/athlete is representative of Allen athletics, student body, coaches, teachers, administration or fans.”
Officials with Allen Public Schools declined to comment, but the district did issue a statement.
“This was an unfortunate incident in the midst of a hard fought game. The players directly involved met and shook hands after the game with no further incident. While no violation or warning was called by the referee on the scene at the time, the matter is being reviewed and dealt with at the team level.”
A representative with the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association said it is aware of the situation and has been in contact with both districts.
However, the representative said the incident is being handled at the district level because the OSSAA doesn’t regulate regular season games.
A family member of the teen who was hit with the ball said he is okay.