By Perry Green, AFRO Sports Editor, [email protected]
Former NFL player and current sports anchor Mike Shumann was caught stealing the jacket of the Director of Team Security for the Golden State Warriors, according to reports.
According to The Athletic, Shumann—who played on the San Francisco 49ers’ 1981 Super Bowl Champion team, covers the Warriors for ABC7/KGO-TV in Oakland, was captured on video snatching the jacket of Ralph Walker, who not only serves as head of team security but also the personal bodyguard of Warriors’ star guard Steph Curry.
The alleged theft occurred after a Warriors practice at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas last week, according to The Athletic, and it was caught on camera by Warriors assistant coach Jarron Collins, Deadspin reported.
Shumann was reportedly sent back to the Bay Area as punishment by KGO-TV and wasn’t allowed to announce Game Four between the Warriors and San Antonio Spurs on April 20.
Shumann reportedly apologized to the Warriors team for his actions, but according to The Athletic, several key players for the Warriors feel the punishment wasn’t enough and have began to question if Shumann may have gotten off easy because of White privilege:
“What if a media member of color had been caught stealing a team employee’s property? Would swifter action have been taken to terminate an alleged thief, and would the incident have gone public sooner? Some feel there’s a potential double standard, wondering if Shumann would’ve been quickly terminated if he weren’t a White former NFL wide receiver and instead a media member of color,” the report said.
A representative from KGO-TV released a statement to the The Athletic, addressing the situation.
“We are taking these allegations very seriously and conducting a full investigation. As a matter of policy, we do not comment about personnel matters,” the statement read.