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A Nevada high school basketball coach has been suspended for three games after he sent an offensive text to one of his player preparing for a game against a team from an Indian reservation.

Virginia City girls basketball coach Ken Fujii texted his player to "get ready to scalp or be scalped" before the Jan. 13 game against Pyramid Lake High School.

His principal, Patrick Beckwith, told the Reno Gazette-Journal Wednesday the suspension extends through a Feb. 4 rematch between the teams.

The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe had called for Fujii's firing and asked for the state athletic association to investigate.

Fujii, who has coached 50 years in Nevada, issued an apology and said he took full responsibility for his poor choice of words. He says he didn't realize at the time the text would be offensive.

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