Tony Wroten Jr. Enrolled In Non-Existent Spanish Class, Given Fake Grades, According To Report
Tony Wroten Jr. reportedly received grades for a non-existent Spanish class needed to meet University of Washington entrance requirements. After an investigation, the athletic director at Garfield was fired.
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Tony Wroten Jr. took to Twitter on Wednesday night to respond to Mason Kelley's story on the non-existent Spanish class the Washington-bound senior at Garfield High had enrolled in. As you can imagine, Wroten wasn't happy with the story, and took it out on Kelley.
Except Wroten didn't deny the story, he simply blamed Kelley for making it available for public consumption, saying it wouldn't even be a story if his name wasn't involved. Below is a screencap of the tweet, which was sent with TMI.me to allow for more than 140 characters.
Alex Akita has a screencap of the actual tweet, which was deleted a short time after it was sent, as well as some thoughts on the matter.
You're talented enough from an athletic standpoint that you'll learn this one way or the other, the easy way or the hard way. My hope is that you correct your course before the hard way becomes the national stage and an embarrassment for the purple-and-gold.
This whole ordeal has gone from weird to simply embarrassing. At some point, Wroten needs to own up to it and stop blaming others, especially Kelley.
For more on Wroten Jr. stay with this StoryStream. We'll be back with a few thoughts on the matter, including what it means for Wroten and Garfield High School.
Washington basketball recruit Tony Wroten Jr. was enrolled in a fake Spanish class at Garfield High School in an effort to complete the two-year foreign language requirement to be granted entry into the University of Washington, according to a report in the Seattle Times on Thursday. After a district investigation, athletic director Jim Valiere, who taught the allegedly non-existent course, was fired for a variety of reasons including the Spanish class.
Mason Kelley, of the Seattle Times, put together an excellent piece of reporting in gathering facts and information leading to his story, posted on the Times' website on Wednesday night. Piecing together reports and interviews, Kelley was able to get to the bottom of the whole mess, which ended with Wroten allegedly taking a non-existent Spanish class and receiving grades for work that was never done. Once the jig was up, Garfield principal Ted Howard created a remedial Spanish class for Wroten and three others.
More than a month into the school year, he created a tiny, remedial second-year Spanish class designed to give students extra help. Wroten was enrolled in the class, despite his D grade in first-year Spanish. He passed the first semester, according to a source who has seen the grade but is not allowed to discuss it.
A tweet from Wroten -- he's very active on social media -- tipped-off Kelley and others to the Spanish class. In it, he mentioned sitting in a Spanish class with two of his friends, an odd statement considering the overcrowding and budget crunch at Garfield and Seattle-area high schools. The tweet can be found in a screencap below.
But the story went deeper, and began almost a year prior, when Wroten's basketball coach reportedly came to Valiere to ask him to teach a makeup Spanish class for Wroten.
Twice -- once in the spring, once in the summer -- Wroten was given a C grade for Spanish classes needed to enroll in the second-year of the foreign language curriculum at Garfield. Wroten is now enrolled in the final semester of his two-year requirement and will meet the University of Washington entrance requirements if he passes it.
Read the full story from Mason Kelley and, when you're done, read it again. It's that good and worth parsing through. We'll be back with more on this story later in this StorySteam.