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Oxford father feels race played role in coaching decision

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© Antwon Fegans has been informed that he will not be allowed to coach youth league baseball in Oxford this year. (abc3340.com) © Antwon Fegans has been informed that he will not be allowed to coach youth league baseball in Oxford this year. (abc3340.com)

Supporters of an Oxford youth baseball coach feel race played a role in a decision to not allow him to coach this season.

Antwon Fegans said he coached Oxford Baseball for Youth for two years, but Tuesday he said he was told he couldn't coach this year. Those who want to see him back on the field held a news conference Friday morning.

"There's a lot of racism and discrimination at this baseball park," claimed Fegans. "It's been going on for years, but no one never stood up and said anything about it.

ABC 33/40 contacted the league's commissioner, Scott Sparks, but he declined to comment. He referred us to an attorney, who was out of town.

"There's really no reason for him not to coach, especially after he took the team to state last year," said Dustin Newell, who said he is an assistant coach with Oxford Baseball for Youth. "They have no good reason."

Supporters plan to protest Saturday at 8 a.m. in front of the baseball complex.

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