B Ball Player Kicked Out Of Game Because Of HIV Positive Status [VIDEO]
A HIV Positive man was recently kicked out of a basketball game for being open and honest about his HIV status. Here is how it all went down according to The Orlando Sentinel.
Dakota Basinger, 21, had been playing league basketball all season for Florida Dream Sports, a league sponsored by the city of Kissimmee. But four minutes into the second half of the team's playoff game on Sunday, the referee blew the whistle. "He called a timeout, which was rare," Basinger said. "He made both teams go to their benches."
Basinger said a city employee called him into a room and asked Basinger if he was HIV positive. Basinger, who was diagnosed a week ago and had posted the information on his Facebook page, said he was. Then, Basinger said, the employee told him that he would need to stop playing – for good.
"I feel humiliated and discriminated against," said Basinger, a rap artist who performs locally. "I felt horrible walking out of that gym."
After word got up the higher ups in this basketball league that the man was kicked out because he has HIV they released this statement :
A part-time city employee “acted independently and without supervisor approval” when he removed Basinger from the game.
“The city has taken corrective action to ensure this does not happen in the future,” said Arin Thrower, spokeswoman for the city, adding that “as of right now,” the employee still works for the city.Basinger will be allowed to play in the league again when it starts back up
Wow it is crazy that people are still ignorant about HIV in 2014. In the United States, HIV is most commonly spread by having unprotected sex and from sharing needles to inject drugs, said the CDC.
Basinger said he contracted HIV, a viral infection that is the precursor to AIDS, by having unprotected sex with another man.
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