NCAA responds to protesters that flew Confederate flag outside arena

  • NCAA responds to protesters that flew Confederate flag outside arena

NCAA responds to protesters that flew Confederate flag outside arena

The association boycotted SC until it removed the flag from its state house grounds two years ago. Lo, as a result of North Carolina's legislature passing 2016's controversial HB2 "bathroom bill" - preventing transgender people from using government-run restrooms that correspond to the gender they identify with - the NCAA summarily banned the Tar Heel State from hosting tourney contests.

"There's things out there that I don't like".

A small group of protesters made sure that nearly every single fan who came to Sunday's second-round NCAA tournament games had to walk past a large Confederate flag, which was planted in the parking garage next to the arena and waved in the winds all day and night.

WNCN reporter David Hurst tweeted a photo of people standing on a sidewalk with Confederate flags, writing: 'People are waving confederate flags outside the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville ahead of tonight's NCAA Tournament games'.

"I wouldn't want to coach in any other state or with any other group of people, for any other bosses than the ones I've got", Martin said.

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Dan Gavitt, an NCAA senior vice president of basketball released the following statement to ESPN on Sunday. He is the son of Cuban immigrants and is married to a woman of Jamaican descent. The NCAA lifted its ban against South Carolina holding tournaments and Championship games back in 2015, after the Confederate Flag was removed from the South Carolina Statehouse Grounds, after Dylan Roof massacred nine black parishioners in the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. It's a united state. We are committed to assure that our events are safe and accessible to all.

"No symbols that compromise that commitment will be permitted to be displayed on venue property that the tournament controls", he said. Last summer, the NCAA moved the regional from Greensboro, N.C., to SC in response to North Carolina's House Bill 2, which makes it unlawful for transgender people to use restrooms for the gender with which they identify. Other areas are under the city's jurisdiction, and the NCAA backed the city's efforts to manage actions concerning freedom of speech.

This was the first year the NCAA men's basketball tournament was held in the state of SC since 2002.

"I didn't feel it was right when the flag came down", Hunter Meadows, an ancestor of a Confederate soldier, told the AP. "We wanted to show the NCAA that we're still here".