Bardo: "Racism is overt" in Champaign-Urbana area

By Aaron Bennett |

Published 04/24 2014 03:17PM

Updated 04/25 2014 09:26AM

CHICAGO -- Former Flyin' Illini point guard Stephen Bardo had some scathing words for Champaign-Urbana area police and the community Thursday afternoon, suggesting both are racist. It all has to do with Illinois sophomore Darius Paul's recent arrest. 20-year old Paul faces charges of illegal consumption of alcohol and resisting police. Paul was approached by UI police around 3:00 am Tuesday when police say Paul was "acting suspiciously." Paul then ran from the officer before eventually being tackled and arrested three blocks away.

Bardo, who is currently an analyst for BTN and formerly worked for ESPN, took to Twitter Thursday afternoon with his opinion.

"From what I read, Darius Paul's arrest sounds shaky," Bardo tweeted from @stephenbardo. "Champaign area police are known for racial profiling. Happened to my son. I don't condone his drinking, but let's be real. Was he the ONLY student underage drinking that night? It's a college campus. I loved my time there, but the community of Champaign is stuck in the 60's. Racism is overt there. Needs to change."

Both Bardo and Paul are African-American. When questioned by some people on Twitter, Bardo stood behind his comments, but he did add that he is not talking about everyone, but that racism does exist in the community and in the police department.

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