- The family initially blamed fellow football players and complained their son is the victim of hazing by the school football team
- The graffiti read: ‘Knights don’t need n*****s’
- School authorities cancelled the rest of the season after no-one from the team came forward to admit to the hate crime
- Mother Andrea Brazier vaguely alluded to her guilt while being questioned by officials over the graffiti
David Mccormack and Ryan Gorman
18:29 EST, 5 December 2013
09:44 EST, 6 December 2013
Investigators probing the racist spray painting last month of the small-town Massachusetts home of an eighth-grade football player are now focusing on the 13-year-old boy’s mother.
Andrea Brazier, mother of football player Isaac Phillips, is now being investigated as the sole suspect in a crime that shocked the town and nation when she blamed her son’s teammates for spray painting racist graffiti all over the family’s home.
‘Knights don’t need n*****s’ was found spray painted on the side of their Lunenburg home. The school cancelled the remainder of the Blue Knights’ season in response.
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The heat is on: Mother Andrea Brazier (left) initially blamed son Issac Phillips’ teammates for racially charged graffiti sprayed on her home, but investigators now view her as the only suspect
State and local officials have cleared the Lunenburg High School football team in the hate crime and are now focusing their efforts on Ms brazier, according to reports.
A Wednesday search of Ms Brazier and Mr Phillips’ home turned up cans of spray paint and multiple round of live ammunition, according to affidavit cited by the Boston Herald.
It was all a lie: Ms Brazier still has this picture posted to her Facebook profile, but officials are pointing the finger at her
Federal agents also interrogated the embattled mother, and stated in the affidavit she wanted the investigation to end because she had committed the crime.
‘Andrea stated she had painted over the graffiti and that she wanted nothing further to do with the investigation,’ the affidavit said.
Mr Brazier even appeared to halfheartedly admit her guilt under further questioning
‘Andrea was told by (an) FBI agent that
she wanted the investigation to stop because she was the one who spray
painted the graffiti on her house and Andrea stated ‘OK,’ thew affidavit continued.
She professed the innocence of both her son and husband Anthony Phillips before leaving the local police station in tears, said the affidavit. The teen’s mother is white and his father is half black.
Ms Brazier and Anthony Phillips refused an offer from authorities to remove the graffiti, the affidavit continued before adding that aerosol cans were found burnt in an outdoor fire pit.
No arrest is imminent, according to the Boston Globe, but cops are now working to compare the graffiti to handwriting samples.
‘Most of the leads that we have followed up throughout the investigation have led back toward the house,’ an official told the Globe.
Locals talking to the Globe expressed shock and disbelief over the allegations.
‘It’s pretty shocking, if it’s really his mom,’ said sophomore basketball player Sam Sargent. ‘If it’s true, she didn’t just put her son through a lot, she put this whole town through a lot.’
Hurt and embarrassed: Isaac Phillips is reportedly upset over the incident to the point he does not want to return to school
Cathy Hennessy, a 46-year-old mother of three, felt bad for Ms Brazier.
‘This isn’t that kind of town,’ she told the paper. ‘If it was the mother, that’s just really sad.’
A friend of Isaac Phillips expressed a similar sentiment.
‘I don’t see why she would do such a thing and have our school disgraced.’
The boy’s parents moved to blame teammates they accused of repeatedly hazing their racially mixed son.
‘I don’t really understand why someone would even do something like this,’ Phillips told WCVB-TV when news first broke of the awful graffiti. ‘I have two younger brothers and another sister. This is our house, this is where we live. Eventually, they’re going to see it.’
The teen’s cleats have been thrown in the trash and the tires on his bicycle slashed in the past, she further detailed.
Players were given an opportunity to come forward with information about the graffiti incident during a team meeting in the days after the incident was first reported, none came forward and the season was cancelled.
The lack of an admission of guilt by any players make more sense in light of the most recent revelations.
‘We didn’t want this’: Father Anthony Phillips (right) initially said he and Ms Brazier (left) had no idea the incident would receive this much attention
Lunenburg Public Schools Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes then announced that the remainder of the school’s football season would be forfeited.
The decision prompted an angry reaction from some locals, including a former coach who launched a petition to get the remaining games reinstated – chief among them the annual Thanksgiving game.
‘I was so angry – this is so unfair to a lot of those kids,’ Matthew Roderick told Telegram.com.
The change.org petition is titled ‘Loxi Jo Calmes: Let Them Play!’
‘I grew up here and mentored a lot of those kids. The whole team shouldn’t be punished with no facts,’ he stated. ‘I was disgusted that innocent kids were being punished and the majority did not do anything.’
Venom from locals over the decision to cancel the rest of the football season was spewed not at the team, but at the family.
Isaac’s father Anthony Phillips, who owns a local construction company, has said he was listening to a local radio call-in about the incident when one of the callers blamed his family for causing all the problems.
Terrible: Officials believe this racist graffiti was scrawled on the house by Ms Brazier
He just wanted to play football: Instead his mother’s alleged actions cost his team the remainder of the season
‘We did nothing wrong – it has been turned around like we did something wrong and we’re the victims,’ he said at the time
‘We didn’t want any of this stuff…. Everything happened so fast,’ he continued.
‘We only expected a little bit of local attention after it happened. We’re not vicious parents out to ruin the town. I’m hoping in the next few days someone steps forward.’
The graffiti, which is being investigated by the FBI as a hate crime, is just the latest accusation of racism that the team is facing. In two different games earlier this month, referees reported players using racial epithets against opposing players.
In the weeks prior to the graffiti incident, Anthony Phillips said he spoke to the coaches about his son’s treatment but they told him that they doubted any players were involved.
A separate investigation into the team’s conduct did find it guilty of hurling racial slurs at an opposing team, the Herald reported Thursday.
The season was not reinstated, several seniors lost the last two games of their last season of football.
‘It’s gross to think someone did this and just stood back and let us take the blame for this, senior Greg McGrath said. ‘We took the fall.’
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Florida, United States,
12 hours ago
If the mother is guilty, she is setting a very poor example for her children. She would have also caused the needless punishment of all the other innocent football players. The family might want to be concerned and prepared for some retalitory graffiti.
Crimora VA USA,
13 hours ago
These fake “hate crimes” are perpetrated all the time by chip-on-the-shoulder minorities leftists looking to stir up trouble. The fact that the FBI barges in takes over a GRAFFITI case shows just how usurped the country is.
13 hours ago
Poor kid. Stinks having a crazy mother.
Montana, United States,
13 hours ago
I always thought the kid had done it himself, but the mom, WOW! The saddest part here is the innocent team was collectively punished.
The one in charge,
Far from the maddening crowd, United Kingdom,
13 hours ago
Guess they’ll have to move now
Los Angeles, United States,
14 hours ago
Money grab gone wrong.
14 hours ago
Mom, made the whole town look bad, they should put her on defense, and let the football team run plays against her. No holds barred.
14 hours ago
Many of these incidents are suspect. People like the drama that results.
Boston, United States,
14 hours ago
Another liberal hate crime hoax, that’s the third one in two weeks.
San diego, United States,
13 hours ago
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