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Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
World | By Ernestine Jimenez

Carolina teams fuel quick sellout for Greenville regional

Carolina teams fuel quick sellout for Greenville regional

Another man, Hunter Meadows, told the Associated Press that it wasn't "fair" for the flag to come down after the state chose to remove the stars and bars from statehouse grounds following Dylann Roof's massacre of nine churchgoers at Emmanuel AME in Charleston.

He said: 'The NCAA is proud and excited to host championship events in the state of SC once again.

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

A Confederate flag was hoisted up a flagpole attached to a auto near two NCAA tournament games in SC on Sunday, just two years after the state was permitted to host the sporting events thanks to the flag's removal from state grounds.

But some South Carolinians marked the occasion by driving to the top of a parking garage right beside the sold-out Bon Secours Wellness Arena and flying the Confederate flag. "All I know is this unbelievable university and state has taken in a son of Cuban immigrants that's married to a Jamaican woman, has mixed kids, and they've treated me like I'm one of their own from day one".

Regarding this motley crew of sore winners/losers, the NCAA released a reasonable, if un-compelling, statement that, "No symbols that compromise that commitment will be permitted to be displayed on venue property that the tournament controls".

Among the eight teams at the site for games Friday are South Carolina, North Carolina and Duke, which helped accelerate ticket sales. It's a united state. This also isn't the first time Confederate flags have waved in Greenville this year during a sporting event.

But it removed them from the state over its HB2 bill, which limits protections offered to LGBT people and relocating to Greenville.

'We are committed to assuring that our events are safe and accessible to all.

Normally, it would have taken some time for SC to get added back into the hosting rotation, due to how far in advance tournaments and championships are scheduled - but luckily for them, another state stepped in to show its bigotry. Other areas are under the city's jurisdiction, and the NCAA backed the city's efforts to manage actions concerning freedom of speech.

"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.

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