A star Black athlete in New York has left his high school after an assistant athletic director told him he became fast by “running from police.”

Tony Humphreys, a 16-year-old junior who has already committed to play baseball at Boston College, told PIX Channel 11 that the incident occurred after he joined Iona Prep’s track team in the offseason.

“He comes up to me, and asked why was I doing track,” Humphrey said of the assistant athletic director.

“It never hurts to gain speed,” Humphrey said he responded.