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Bernard King Says He Faced Racism At Tennessee

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Inductee Bernard King speaks during the enshrinement ceremony for the 2013 class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame at Symphony Hall in Springfield, Mass., Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Inductee Bernard King speaks during the enshrinement ceremony for the 2013 class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame at Symphony Hall in Springfield, Mass., Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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

In an ESPN "30 for 30" documentary airing Tuesday, King said 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, cited one incident in which he said 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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