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72-year-old Kentucky man receives apology for racism experienced on high school basketball team

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A former high school basketball player has received an apology for racism nearly 60 years after the fact.

Eugene Britton Carter, age 72, grew up in Newport, Kentucky, where he played basketball. Carter says he and three other black basketball players couldn't attend a tournament in Georgia simply because they were black.

Recently, an old friend, Tom Owens, sent him a letter apologizing for the racism Carter experienced while on the team.

"I was kind of shocked when I read it, because I hadn't seen or heard from Tom since 1961," Carter said.

"This is something I have thought about all my life and, well, actually, it took a couple of years after I got out of high school and started maturing a little bit and became an adult," said Owens.  

"But it bothers me a little bit that he's been carrying that weight on his shoulders for 56 years now...you know, how he felt about it," Britton said. 

Both men are now in the Newport High School Hall of Fame. The two say they plan to keep in touch, and visit each other.

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