Mother defends son who has a & # 39; Trump 2020 Keep America Great! & # 39; Banner unfolds at basketball game
"They do not have racist bone in their bodies": mother defends son who has a "Trump 2020 Keep America Great!" Banner unfolds during basketball game after opposition leader criticized them
- Michael Walker coaches a predominantly black boys' basketball high school team
- His team arrived on a Tuesday match to see home fans with a Trump banner
- The Jordan Jordan school district is now reviewing the behavior at the event
Miranda Aldersley for Dailymail.com
A mother from Minnesota defended her son and his friends for showing a pro-Trump banner at a high school boys' basketball game on Tuesday night after the opposition's coach complained that it was inappropriate.
Michael Walker, who coaches the predominantly black team at the Minneapolis Roosevelt High School, placed a photo on Facebook of leading spectators in the game with a flag reading & # 39; Trump 2020 Keep America Great! & # 39; draped over their legs.
Several other teenage fans of Jordan Senior High School are dressed in the patterns of the American flag.
Bridget Kahn, whose son was one of the spectators who carried the flag, told the Star Tribune that the students simply wore a bunch of red, white and blue and supported their president & # 39 ;.
"They do not have racist bone in their bodies," she added.
A basketball coach for boys from a predominantly black high school team posted a picture of the Trump 2020 banner that his team had met in Jordan, Minnesota during their Tuesday night competition
She said that the Jordan fans left the game with the flag wrapped around them as capes. I have not seen anything wrong with that. & # 39;
But the Roosevelt coach wondered why the political banner was present at a sporting event in high school.
& # 39; I coach a predominantly black high school team, & # 39; Walker wrote the day after the contest.
& # 39; We are going to a rural area in Jordan, MN and this is there. Explain how and why this is appropriate at a basketball game in high school? & # 39;
Bridget Kahn (photo), mother of one of the students with the banner, said Jordanian fans simply supported the president and dressed up as part of a themed evening
His function has received more than 4,000 responses and asked whether the Trump flag was unnecessarily provocative. The School District Superintendent has also ordered a review.
Kahn told the Star Tribune that the Roosevelt team chose to stay in the dressing room during the national anthem.
The Minneapolis spokesman, Dirk Tedmon, confirmed that this was the practice of the Roosevelt team. He also said that the Jordan team was aware of this in advance, suggesting online speculation that the Trump banner was intended as retaliation.
But Kahn and others on Facebook said the fans of the Jordan team were dressed up for an evening in the US theme that coincidentally coincided with the game.
London Elizabeth, who attended the school, wrote: & # 39; JHS students vote on their twitter page every week, for a theme for the next game. These polls were done and concluded days in advance. (Sic)
It is almost comical that it was just as coincidentally the same day that the other team decided not to be present for the national anthem. Huge coincidence! But it was NO RANDOM retribution and there was NEVER any intention to offend the other team. & # 39;
& # 39; This is not about race. This was just a fun night to dress in what America represents.
& # 39; We should not bash the Roosevelt coach. I'm sure he did not know that this was a coincidence. I'm sure he did not know about the theme of the night. & # 39;
Some supporters of the home fans said they only exercised their right to free speech. Others responded by pointing out that the Roosevelt team also exercised their freedom of speech when they beat the national anthem.
Michael Walker, the basketball coach of boys at the Minnesota Roosevelt High School, wrote that he was proud of his team after posting a photo of the opposition's pro-Trump banner online.
In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, school director Matt Helgerson said he regretted that Roosevelt players and their coaching staff, fans and community feel uncomfortable because it is always our intention to gracefully welcome our opponents. & # 39;
Helgerson added that district staff & # 39; re-investigates this issue and collects information & # 39; [and] collaborate with the Minneapolis School District and Roosevelt High School in our review and response to this event. & # 39;
Jordan defeated Minneapolis Roosevelt 67-against-58.