American Airlines apologized to Memphis Hustle players Marquis Teague and Trahson Burrell after the G League players were accused of stealing blankets from a flight and kicked off the plane, according to ESPN.com.
Per that report, the players were given blankets from two first-class passengers on an Envoy Air flight to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. But a flight attendant accused them of stealing the blankets and had them removed from the plane in Dallas.
A spokesman for American Airlines, the parent company of Envoy, said an airline manager apologized to the players following the incident and that they were ultimately given first-class tickets to their destination.
"We apologize for what occurred on this flight," Joshua Freed told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. "We take pride in bringing people together, and we know that on this flight we let some of our customers down. Our team at American, along with Envoy Air, is reviewing what happened and will be reaching out to [the two players and the assistant coach]."
The Hustle's coaching staff were incensed by the incident and took to Twitter to publicly share their displeasure with how the situation was handled:
Glynn Cyprien @CoachCyprien
American Airlines Needs Sensitivity Training to Attendants on flights dealing with Humans & Blankets! 👎🏾✈️🤷🏾♂️2017-12-24 19:42:43
Darnell Lazare @Dhouse35
It’s 2017 and a Flight attendant for @AmericanAir sees 2 young black athletes with blankets from first class, his 1st comment is “did you steal them” how about you teach people to get the facts first before jumping to conclusions. 🤔#beingblackinamerican2017-12-24 19:50:29
Spears noted the flight attendant also "appeared to be" black, according to a source.
"We are obviously disappointed the incident occurred and the way American Airlines chose to handle the situation," Cyprien said on Monday, per Spears.