Minnesota High School Pulls Out Of MLK Basketball Game After Fans Fly Trump Flag
Unless you’ve been living under a rock since Donald Trump was elected President, then you know that politics have been a hot button topic even more than it ever has before.
One Minnesota area high school had to take action and pull out of a tournament scheduled for Martin Luther King Jr. Day after its fans displayed a “Trump 2020” flag during a game against predominantly black inner-city kids.
The Jordan High School boys’ basketball team had a scheduled game against Minneapolis Patrick Henry High School today in the MLK Showcase at Minneapolis Roosevelt, but things quickly went awry after some Jordan fans displayed a Trump banner when Roosevelt visited Jordan last week.
“Please explain how and why this is appropriate at a high school basketball game?” wrote coach Michael Walker, of Minneapolis Roosevelt High School.
Henry coach Jamil Jackson says organizers of the invitational were told Jordan “feared something might happen to the players if they came to Roosevelt to play.”
Jordan Superintendent Matthew Helgerson says, “Fear was not our reason.”
Helgerson told the Minneapolis Star Tribune in an email that the team did not want its presence at the event “to detract from the athletes.”