Calling Larry Platt!
University of New Mexico football player Deshon Marman was tossed off a flight at San Francisco International Airport this week because his britches were too baggy. Yahoo Sports reports that “San Francisco police got a call about 9 a.m. (Wednesday) that someone was exposing himself outside a US Airways gate.”
That someone was Marman, who was returning from the funeral of a high school friend.
US Airways forbids “indecent exposure or inappropriate attire,” and the plane’s crew apparently thought he violated that rule.
“I paid for my ticket and I’m just going to do what I have to do,” Marman responded when a flight attendant asked him to hitch up his trousers. That went over about as well as tampering with a smoke detector in an airplane bathroom. Police officers unloaded all 150 passengers and pitched the player from Flight 488.
KTVU quoted San Francisco Police Department Sgt. Michael Rodriguez saying passengers were miffed at the delay but mainly were puzzled why Marman wouldn’t just pull his pants up.
The player’s mother, Donna Doyle said, is not amused.
“He was attacked for three reasons – his clothing, his skin, and his hair,” she told KGO-TV. “So you don’t like someone wearing a turban, you become offended, you ask them to take it off, they don’t take it off, you have them removed from the plane? This is his clothing.”
We think this is a job for Gen. Platt, the Atlanta man whose quirky “American Idol” audition singing his “Pants on the Ground” song made him a quick star and arbiter of waistline levels. Surely the General has some ideas for diffusing this incident.
What do you think?
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