A Utah family was threatened with ejection from a Major League Soccer game for waiving a Betsy Ross flag, despite other fans sporting several other kinds of flags.
The Real Salt Lake team claimed the flag was banned from the stadium, as it goes against the team’s mission of inclusion and unity.
According to Fox 13 Now, RSL season ticket holders Randolf and Diana Scott were taken aback by the policy move, especially since they’ve never missed a home game.
“Soccer is just a big part of our life,” Diana said.
Randolf is known for his fan rallying skills, and sports a mohawk that is often in American flag colors.
However, his new item, the Betsy Ross flag, turned the crowd against him.
“Diana bought it for me actually, because my other flag was kind of old and falling apart,” Randolf explained.
During an August game, they were told to never bring the flag onto the grounds again.
“They kept telling us if he wasn’t going to take it down, we were going to be ejected from the game,” Diana said.
RSL Team Chief Business Officer Andy Carroll said that the flag is a no-go, no matter what it stands for.
“Recently, and very controversially as well as surprising to us, the Colonial flag has been adopted as a symbol for hate groups,” Carroll’s statement read. “Any controversial flags or other similar banners or signs with symbols of hatred, divisiveness and/or intolerance whether intentional or otherwise will not be permitted in our stadiums. Period.”
In short, the RSL team buckled to popular political pressures, and the Scott family are wondering why they have become a target.
“When people see me or Diana with this flag, I hope they can understand that it’s about the freedoms we have here in America,” Mr. Scott said. “The legacy that America has.”
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