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Harlem Globetrotters Leave Washington Generals Hanging After 63 Years

The Washington Generals will no longer have to face another defeat against the Harlem Globetrotters, as the team dropped them as an opponent after a 63-year-long partnership.

The Washington Generals were created by Philadelphia native Red Klotz, after his time as a professional basketball player.

Klotz turned the team over to his son-in-law, John Ferrari, over 25 years ago and he finished the last years of his life living in Margate City, New Jersey.

Ferrari said he stunned when he heard the Globetrotters no longer wanted to work with his team, but failed to give a reason as to why.

"I got a call about a month ago, and they just told me that that was it," Ferrari told ESPN. "I turned to my wife and just said to her, in disbelief, 'It's over.'"

The team played its last game against the Globetrotters, losing 90-88 on Aug. 1 in Wildwood, New Jersey.

“The Globetrotters and the Generals go together like peanut butter and jelly. They just said they were cutting ties, but we have no idea what’s going on,” said former Generals player Al Szolack. “Just to blow us off like that without an explanation is really disappointing.”

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The future of the Generals was not immediately known.

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