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NCAA responds to protesters that flew Confederate flag outside arena

NCAA responds to protesters that flew Confederate flag outside arenaā€¯

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'. They planned to stay throughout the games and be on grounds as fans arrived at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

Greenville police did make the group move about 50 feet away from they original location.

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That decision came a little more than a year after the NCAA ended a 14-year boycott of predetermined postseason events in SC, whose State House in Columbia displayed the Confederate battle flag on capitol grounds until July 2015.

The sight of the flag flying so prominently near the arena caught many people by surprise.

In a statement, NCAA senior vice president Dan Gavitt said the organization was "proud" to host events in SC again, and that it is "committed to assuring that our events are safe and accessible to all". "Freedom of speech activities on the public property in areas surrounding the arena are managed by the city of Greenville and we are supportive of the city's efforts".

This regional has dealt with politically charged events the past six months.

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The NCAA offered an emphatically neutral statement in response.

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. Some people in SC just doesn't seem willing to move forward and drop the confederate flag.

Among the eight teams at the site for games Friday are South Carolina, North Carolina and Duke, which helped accelerate ticket sales. The team's coach Frank Martin urged people not to judge all in SC by the actions of some. Our state is progressive.

"But it's America. We have freedoms".

Martin continued, saying that people have freedoms to do "whatever they want".

He also says that every person who flies the confederate flag, should not be blamed or associated with what Dylan Roof did.

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