Bernard King says he faced racism at Tennessee

Bernard King says he faced racism at Tennessee

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By STEVE MEGARGEE
AP Sports Writer

KNOXVILLE (AP) - Bernard King says he dealt with racism off the court that included clashes with police while starring at Tennessee in the 1970s.

In an ESPN "30 for 30" documentary airing Tuesday, King says that former Volunteers coach Ray Mears warned him that he'd heard some local officers would "do anything to get him."

King, the first former Tennessee player inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, cites one incident in which he says an officer hit him in the head with the butt of his gun while responding to a loitering report

The documentary, titled "Bernie and Ernie," focuses on the friendship of King and former Tennessee teammate Ernie Grunfeld.

The 56-year-old King stressed in a telephone interview that he has "no bitterness whatsoever" toward his alma mater.

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