Katy Tigers star Bronson McClelland withdraws from faculty

Linda D. Klein
KATY, Texas (KTRK) — The a person-time captain of the extremely-touted Katy Significant University football workforce is no for a longer time enrolled at the campus.

On Thursday, a household consultant confirmed to ABC13 that Bronson McClelland withdrew from the faculty and will complete his key schooling in California.

When the withdrawal is becoming indicated as a loved ones decision, the 18-calendar year-old’s reps are taking situation around how Katy ISD dealt with the aftermath of a racially billed online video involving the teenager.

In a assertion produced very last month, the McClelland family desires the college district’s news launch describing the video retracted.

Authentic Story: Katy HS varsity football participant experiencing discipline after racist video

“The incident in dilemma involving Katy commencing quarterback Bronson McClelland directing a racial slur at a rival in Oct. 3, 2019. The trade was shared by using social media, but McClelland is adamant the term in problem was applied in a colloquial vogue, and not as an insult,” the assertion read.

The teen’s reps described, “Among the McClelland’s various buddy team, the use of the ‘n-word’ is not used in a derogatory fashion and displays pop culture use by musicians and rappers.”

They also reasoned that Katy ISD had no position to send out the release in October 2019 to parents since the video was taken off faculty district assets.

“As a final result of the press launch, McClelland was suspended for two video games previous season and was taken off from a team captain role. A school scholarship supply was rescinded, and other alternatives are also in jeopardy,” the assertion continued.

In the wake of the movie, Colburn McClelland, Bronson’s father, confirmed his son’s actions on the tape, although also expressing regret about what took place.

“Bronson built a inadequate final decision,” Colburn McClelland said soon right after the movie was built community. “The willpower and the punishment that has been handed down to Bronson is rough, reasonable, and ideally a life lesson to our son.”

The McClelland family’s statement also designed apparent that Bronson posted a tweet shortly just after the incident, using accountability for his steps

“Following last night’s earn in excess of the Tompkins Falcons, I produced feedback on social media that ended up not acceptable less than any circumstances. Remaining in a management purpose, I put my household, teammates, coaches, school and group in a bad gentle,” the teenager posted final yr.

The 18-year-previous was entering his senior 12 months at Katy Substantial College, which has usually rated among the the finest soccer programs in Texas. His reps explained he has by now gotten offers to enjoy at the college or university level, but has been hoping to get interviews with College of Texas and Texas Christian College.

Late Thursday, McClelland’s legal professional released the following statement:

My title is Frank Carroll and I am an legal professional symbolizing Bronson McClelland. I am crafting this letter on behalf on Bronson McClelland in an energy to proper the history, and give insight into the facts and circumstances bordering the faulty allegations manufactured in opposition to this youthful gentleman by his school district. The District created various materials statements that had been fake, deceptive, and unsafe to the college student.

These wrong, misleading, and destructive statements of condemnation had been supported by an affirmative illustration to the media and the community that a multi-agency investigation experienced occurred, together with an investigation by the Town of Katy Police Section. No these investigation occurred. The District utilised this imaginary investigation to erroneously verify the speculation swirling in the local community, specifically that a white university student experienced employed the n-word to taunt a black player on the opposing staff. Enable me be clear: this did not take place.

During the study course of my investigation, further evidence has demonstrated that Bronson McClelland did not deliver a racially-charged video to a member of an opposing staff. On top of that, the recipient of the private online video was not African American. The proof exhibits the online video of Bronson McClelland was privately despatched to, and directed at, a Hispanic male student, who for not known factors, dispersed the online video to other people. This scholar dispersed the online video to the African-American scholar athlete, who then uploaded the video clip to Twitter soon after a rivalry soccer game. These points ended up designed recognised to the District, but the District has refused to suitable the history.

Bronson McClelland has publicly-acknowledged his mistake, and has considering the fact that gone on to be a leader of a diverse staff in the course of seeking occasions. I hope this letter has provided important clarification of the facts – details that ended up omitted from the push launch issued by the District.

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