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Protesters fly confederate flags outside Greenville, SC, arena

Protesters fly confederate flags outside Greenville, SC, arena

That ban was lifted two years ago after the state agreed to remove the flag.

The NCAA lifted its ban on holding championship games in SC after the governor signed a bill ending the display of the Confederate flag at the Statehouse.

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

The Duke men's basketball team arrived at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, S.C., Saturday afternoon and participated in pregame activities ahead of its NCAA Tournament second-round contest against SC.

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In addition to the large flag that was seen waving near Greenville's Bon Secours Wellness Arena where the men's games were taking place, protesters were seen carrying the flag on the streets below.

It's unclear if the parking garage is considered arena property, though the NCAA's senior vice president of basketball indicated in a statement Sunday that the garage is controlled by the city. The facility is hosting two games Sunday, North Carolina versus Arkansas, followed by Duke against SC. He is the son of Cuban immigrants and is married to a woman of Jamaican descent. Our alums, our community is a handsome, attractive place. This also isn't the first time Confederate flags have waved in Greenville this year during a sporting event.

The NCAA offered an emphatically neutral statement in response. "We are committed to assuring that all events are safe and accessible to all".

'No symbols that compromise the commitment will be permitted to be displayed on venue property that the tournament controls. Other areas are under the city's jurisdiction, and the NCAA backed the city's efforts to manage actions concerning freedom of speech.

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Roof was convicted of multiple murder counts and sentenced to death.

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.

Hunter Meadows of Blue Ridge says, "I didn't feel it was right when the flag came down", Meadows says his ancestors fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War.

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.

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Babb reported from Greenville, S.C.


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