A youth football organization in Ohio has apologized after one of its players ran onto the field holding a “Trump 2020” flag.
Video from the August 18 game shows one player holding a flag for President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign and another holding the American flag, which sparked backlash in the community online.
Alright so im not gonna get all political with this but cmon man🤦♂️its one thing to be a supporter but why do you have to wave this flag at a YOUTH FOOTBALL GAME?!?! Take that somewhere else please. This makes me sick that my hometown is representing that🤮im disgusted pic.twitter.com/ePIIVSfZAj
— Charles Harris (@jmoney2218) August 19, 2019
The Rootstown Youth Football organization issued a statement to the media last week to explain the incident.
“Rootstown Youth Football was not aware that this was going to happen before Sunday’s game. The family involved with this happens to be very passionate for our president and made the decision to run across the field with the Trump 2020 flag,” Paul McEwuen, president of Rootstown Youth Football, said in a statement.
He said the board of the organization has addressed the issue with the family, which has agreed to “keep politics off the field.”
“We are a private organization that builds on hard work and volunteers. We are in no way affiliated with the school district. The youth organization and their volunteers are here for one thing: to teach these young men and women the love of the sport and to learn that the hard work they put in now will pay off in life,” he added.
Rootstown is located in Portage County, which voted for Trump over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election at 52 percent to 42 percent, according to the county government’s website.
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Photo “Rootstown Football Players” by Rootstown Youth Football.