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March 15, 2009 at 6:32 PM

Romar defends Overton

The accusations permeating internet message boards that Venoy Overton flashed gang hand signs during Washington’s loss to Arizona State Friday also reached UW coach Lorenzo Romar, who on Sunday defended his sophomore guard.
“That’s just ignorant for someone to say that,” Romar said.
Instead, Romar said Overton — who is African-American — was making a “W” with his hand, a sign many of the Husky athletes, as well as cheerleaders, often display.
“It’s one of the most stereotypical, judgmental accusations I have heard,” Romar said. “They don’t know what it’s about. They just assume. … They just see it and think ‘they must be in a gang.’ To me, that’s ignorant.”
The accusations flew in the wake of the incident in Friday’s game with Arizona State when Overton and ASU’s James Harden and Derek Glasser were at the center of an incident in the second half.
Romar said he got a few comments about the flashing of the W and hopes to set the record straight.
“One guy said ‘you better be careful, your guys are flashing gang signs,”’ Romar said. “I said ‘well, it isn’t. You don’t know (what it is).”
For his part, Overton said he didn’t know there was any controversy over the hand signs and that he didn’t really remember doing it. “When people don’t like you, they look for something to criticize you for,” he said.

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