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DISD coach fired due to tweeted threats involving recruiting scandal

Tweeting can be terminal to your coaching career
Tweeting can be terminal to your coaching career
Photo by Tom Pennington

Tuesday, June 10, the Dallas Independent School District fired renowned DISD three-time state championship-winning basketball coach, Royce “Snoop” Johnson. News 8 affiliate, WFAA, broke the news and updated the story from Saturday on Tuesday's newscast. The News 8 investigation and subsequent breaking news story by News 8 reporter, Brett Shipp, prompted Coach Johnson — well-known basketball coach of Dallas' Kimball High School — to send a “series of threatening tweets directed towards News 8's Brett Shipp over the weekend,” according to News 8 Midday on Wednesday. The successful basketball coach, son of former assistant athletic director Goree Johnson and brother of former Madison High School basketball coach Roderick Johnson, both terminated as a result of the recruiting scandal, subject of Shipp's recent news investigation and story, was sent a letter of termination from Dallas Independent School District officials on Tuesday morning, according to the midday report. The tweets referenced the district's firing of Johnson's father and brother on Friday and the coverage by Channel 8 WFAA TV investigative reporter, Brett Shipp.

Johnson tweeted on June 6 and Shipp re-posted the tweet from Snoop Johnson on his own tweet page, without comment.

Retweeted by Brett Shipp
Snoop Johnson @SnoopJohnson72 · Jun 6
You went at me which is cool, but when you go after my family. Lights out! Now I'm coming for you. I fear none of you. #WFAAShippTRB

The tweet by Johnson followed Shipp's breaking news coverage on News 8 Friday evening, June 6.

News 8 stated that no comments were forthcoming from DISD officials following Johnson's termination on Tuesday, but said

“However in a statement provided to News 8 on Monday, District officials said,'DISD has high expectations for staff. Staff members' behavior both in school and out sets an example for our students. Our students need positive role models and not examples that promote violence or bullying. Staff members who violate these expectations will be held responsible for their actions.'”

News 8 noted they were unable to reach Snoop Johnson for a response or comments on the story and his termination.

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