CHARLOTTE, NC - Head coach Lorenzo Romar of the Washington Huskies looks on from the sideline in the first half while taking on the North Carolina Tar Heels during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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.

  • Live
5 Total Updates since May 5, 2011
  • Updates 2
  • Articles 3
  • All Updates 5

Tony Wroten Jr. Bears As Much Responsibility As Misguided Adults In Academic Fraud Case

Tony Wroten Jr. is not the victim in the case of academic fraud. While the adults around him made poor decisions, Wroten never asked questions and assumed his situation would be taken care of.


Tony Wroten Jr. The Latest Case Of Adults Fostering Athlete Entitlement

Tony Wroten Jr. is not blameless, but the adults around him have fostered a sense of entitlement. It's a story that occurs far too often for top athletes.


Tony Wroten Jr. Responds To Seattle Times Story On Twitter

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 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.


Tony Wroten Jr. Enrolled In Non-Existent Spanish Class, Given Fake Grades, According To Report

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.

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Seattle

You must be a member of SB Nation Seattle to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Seattle. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Seattle

You must be a member of SB Nation Seattle to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Seattle. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.