PLAINFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — A Wendy’s manager in Plainfield was arrested for allegedly using racial slurs toward members of the Woodstock Academy basketball team.
The incident began around 10 p.m. Thursday when dispatchers received a 911 call reporting a verbal argument and refusal of service at the fast food chain’s location on Pratt Road.
Officers spoke with several members of the basketball team, who claimed they were refused service and were being called racial slurs by the manager, identified by police as 22-year-old Brett White from Canterbury.
“When the manager was questioned as to why service was being refused, he verbally assaulted our coaches, Donte Adams and Denzel Washington, with expletives and racial slurs,” Woodstock Academy stated.
White admitted to using racial slurs, according to police, and was charged with second-degree breach of peace.
“It was never about us,” said Assistant Coach Denzel Washington. “We were just thinking about the kids and the fact that we had to get them home. This story could have had a very different outcome.”
“I’m proud of Donte, Denzel, and other members of our community who showed integrity in the face of bigotry and hatred,” said Associate Head of School Holly Singleton.
“While I am angry and devastated over this incident, I could not be more proud of our coaches and student-athletes. These coaches are building fine young men who are going to change the world,” said Head of School Chris Sandford. “This experience is not only life-changing for those involved, but it has also shown that the work we have been doing as a school community in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion is more important than ever.”
Inspired by Opportunity, the franchise organization that owns the Wendy’s location in Plainfield, issued the following statement.
“We are aware of the incident that occurred on February 9, 2023, at the Plainfield, CT location,” the statement read. “Inspired by Opportunity has zero tolerance for racial harassment or discrimination. We condemn this manager’s conduct as completely inconsistent with our values and have taken prompt and immediate action. The manager is no longer employed with the Company. We are committed to working with our teammates to ensure that our restaurants continue to be welcoming to all who visit.”
White was released on a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 21.
School leaders with Woodstock Academy said a meeting was held Friday morning to discuss what happened. Counseling and support services are available to students