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American Airlines apologizes for accusing pro basketball players of theft

American Airlines is apologizing after a flight attendant accused of two basketball players on board the stealing of blankets from the first class.

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American Airlines 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 and Bustle guard Marquis Teague and forward Trahson Burrell on board the flight bound for Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Sunday, at the airport of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

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The flight was carried out by a Messenger of the Air.

Two first-class passengers gave the players their blankets, they went to their seats in coach. But a black flight attendant accused them of theft and forced them off the plane.

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Freed says an airline manager apologized to the players and that they later flew in the first class to Sioux Falls.

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

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