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John Thompson Jr. had a global impact on the sport of basketball, as the first African-American coach to lead a team to an NCAA championship, and a mentor to some of the biggest names to ever play the game. But Washington is at the core of Thompson's story. He grew up in the District, attended Catholic schools, and commanded as much influence as anyone at Georgetown University, the place he coached for three decades.
Former Georgetown University basketball coach John Thompson Jr. talks about his encounters with racist behavior at both Georgetown and as a player in Boston. Thompson and Kojo talked about racist tweets that surfaced Wednesday in reaction to a series-winning overtime goal by Washington Capitals player Joel Ward against the Boston Bruins. Thompson said that unfortunately, this kind of reaction could happen anywhere and that the actions of a few shouldn't be associated with a whole city or institution:
Former Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson chats with Kojo about his life and career (Part 1):