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Athlete Tossed Off SFO Flight, Jailed Over Saggy Pants

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Deshon Marman was pulled from a US Airways flight from SFO because he refused a flight attendant’s request to pull up his sagging pants. (CBS)

Deshon Marman was pulled from a US Airways flight from SFO because he refused a flight attendant’s request to pull up his sagging pants. (CBS)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Less than 24 hours after Deshon Marman spoke at the funeral for his best friend – former San Francisco prep football star David Henderson, who was killed in a Bayview District shooting last month- the scholarship athlete found himself behind bars.

The University of New Mexico football player was boarding a U.S. Airways flight to Albuquerque when a flight attendant said his baggy pants needed to be pulled up to cover his underwear, and conform to the airline’s dress code.

“He said ‘they arrested me because I wouldn’t pull up my pants,’” recalled Marman’s mother, Donna Doyle, who had dropped Marman off at San Francisco International Airport. “They told him to step off the plane and he refused. That’s when everything was blown out of proportion.”

The crew ordered everyone off of the plane, but police said Marman refused to be handcuffed after exiting. A scuffle ensued that left one officer with a twisted knee.

Marman cited for trespassing, resisting arrest and assault on a police officer. He was held on $11,000 bail, pending a hearing Thursday.

Marman has a full scholarship to play football at New Mexico, and hopes to turn pro in the future. Doyle fears her son’s future may be in jeopardy as a result of Wednesday’s incident.

“With these types of charges, my baby could lose his scholarship,” she said.

New Mexico coach Mike Locksley said the school is aware of the arrest and plans to support Marman, who transferred to New Mexico after playing the last two seasons at City College of San Francisco.

“It is never positive when you have a student-athlete arrested, no matter what the circumstances are,” he said.

US Airways spokeswoman Valerie Wunder said the airline’s dress code forbids “indecent exposure or inappropriate” attire.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)

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