American Airlines apologizes for accusing pro basketball players of theft

American Airline has apologized to two black professional basketball players who were kicked off a plane in Dallas after a flight attendant accused them of stealing blankets.

Airline spokesman Joshua Freed said Tuesday that Memphis Hustle guard Marquis Teague and forward Trahson Burrell boarded the flight bind for Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Sunday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

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The flight was operated by Envoy Air.

Two first-class passengers dedicated the players their blankets as they headed to their seats in coach-and-four. But a black flight attendant accused them of stealing and forced them off the plane.

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Freed says an airline director apologized to the players and that they afterwards flew first class to Sioux Falls.

Chief executive Doug Parker told employees last month that American Airlines will implement implicit-bias training.

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