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SC coach Frank Martin rants on Confederate flag protesters

SC coach Frank Martin rants on Confederate flag protesters SC coach Frank Martin rants on Confederate flag protesters
Howard Terry | 21 March, 2017, 00:30

The focus of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament has been thrilling wins and shocking upsets, but in Greenville, S.C., where the opening rounds of the games were played since Thursday, groups of demonstrators have been displaying confederate battle flags near the site of the tournament.

The irony, of course, is that this coulda-shoulda been a home game for the Durham, NC-based Blue Devils.

"The NCAA is proud and excited to host championships in the state of SC once again".

The Gamecocks themselves were lucky to be hosting their opponents.

The NCAA had once refused to come to SC because the flag flew from the state house.

The NCAA lifted the ban in 2015 when the Palmetto State made a decision to renounce the Civil War symbol.

The state's Secessionist Party put up the flag in the parking lot near the tournament venue in Greenville on Sunday morning.

NCAA senior vice president of basketball Dan Gavitt quickly issued a statement about the presence of the flags. Other areas are under the city's jurisdiction, and the NCAA backed the city's efforts to manage actions concerning freedom of speech.

SC was unable to host NCAA predetermined championships because of the organization's ban, which began in 2001.

We see what you did here, NCAA. The NCAA originally placed the games in Greensboro, N.C., But it removed them from the state over its HB2 bill, which limits protections offered to LGBTQ people and relocating to Greenville. However, the NCAA has said it will no longer host postseason events there until the state repeals its controversial bathroom bill, which requires transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender listed on their birth certificate.

Judith Browne Dianis - the executive director of the Advancement Project, an American nonprofit focusing on racial justice issues - said that there are too many people in these states that still celebrate symbols of racism and oppression, and that the Confederate flag can not be disconnected from slavery or the legacy of Jim Crow in America. Roof, who in social media posts before the killings was seen posing with Confederate flags, was convicted of the massacre in January and sentenced to death.

"I didn't feel it was right when the flag came down", Meadows, who has family members that fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War, said.

A single flag is being flown from the top level of the parking lot adjacent to the arena, where the second round of the NCAA tournament will begin tonight. They say the wanted to make sure if the flag tipped over, that it wouldn't hurt anyone.

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