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Gov. Justice Defends Calling Opposing Girls Basketball Team, Coaches ‘Thugs’

Gov. Justice Defends Calling Opposing Girls Basketball Team, Coaches ‘Thugs’

Jim Justice is defending his use of the word “thugs” to describe players and coaches of a high school girls basketball team.

The governor — who coaches the girls team at Greenbrier East High School — used the phrase to describe the behavior of an opposing team and their coaches during a Tuesday night game.

In a post-game interview with the Beckley Register-Herald, Justice called players and coaches from Woodrow Wilson High School “a bunch of thugs.”

But I want to caution us here in this body, from possibly making, jumping to conclusions or possibly making logical fallacies,” McGeehan said.

Jeffrey Pack, R-Raleigh, called on Justice to apologize and asked lawmakers to forgive the governor for his choice of words.

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