NAACP Claims Racism In SFO Arrest Of ‘Saggy Pants’ Football Player

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The removal of a black college football player from a U.S. Airways flight and subsequent arrest in connection with his sagging pants was decried as racist Friday by his mother and local NAACP officials.

The fact that college football player Deshon Marman was asked to pull up his pants and ejected from a flight from San Francisco to New Mexico on June 15 is “unconscionable” given recent news reports that another white passenger has been allowed to travel regularly in women’s lingerie, said Amos Brown, president of the San Francisco chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The airline clearly targeted Marman because of his race, Brown said at a news conference Friday in San Francisco.

“He’s been a victim of racial injustice and U.S. Airways owes him and his mother an apology,” he said.

KCBS’ Margie Shafer Reports:

Brown said the NAACP will be seeking an apology from U.S. Airways and action including sensitivity training for employees.

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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)

San Francisco police and U.S. Airways officials have said that Marman, a San Francisco resident attending the University of New Mexico on a scholarship, was arrested not because of his clothing, but because he refused requests from airline crew to pull his pants up and then refused to leave the plane when told to do so by the pilot.

But Marman’s mother, Donna Doyle, called the charges “bogus,” and said the dispute originated with a ticket agent who did not like the way her son looked. She said Marman was not a threat or exposing any underwear once he was seated, but the pilot chose to “escalate” the situation.

“You don’t judge a book by its cover, and that’s what they did, they judged him by his appearance,” Doyle said.

Marman was not even sporting the “saggy pants” look but was instead wearing pajama pants with a drawstring waist for comfort, she said. He tried to pull them up when the ticket agent first mentioned them, but had bags in his hands at the time and they fell back down.

“It wasn’t a fashion statement, it was pajama pants with a tie on them,” Doyle said.

When she saw photos published in newspapers recently of another passenger allowed to travel in women’s underwear, Doyle said she was “appalled” that the man was allowed to fly while her son was arrested.

U.S. Airways has said it does not have a dress code for passengers but asks that they “dress in an appropriate manner to ensure the safety and comfort of all our passengers.”

A call to the airline requesting a response to today’s news conference has not yet been returned.

Brown said he did not approve of the baggy pants look, which has its roots in prison culture, but Marman should not be singled out for sporting it.

Doyle, who said she had four sons, likewise expressed reservations about the look.

“I don’t condone my son’s attire, but that’s his choice,” she said.

Marman was arrested on suspicion of a felony count of battery of a police officer and misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and trespassing. Police said an officer was injured in a scuffle after Marman was escorted off Flight 488 to Albuquerque.

He posted bail and was released from custody the next day. He is due to appear in court July 18 and the district attorney’s office has until July 16 to decide whether to file charges.

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  1. Jesse James says:

    I hope the City Of San Francisco is smart enough to not procecute this young man in return for him agreeing not to sue the City because this young man is going to have more lawyers coming out of the woodwork to support him than he’ll need. I hope the airline pays through the nose – they are racist. And I’m an old white guy in his 60’s.

    1. John says:

      Did you read the article? He was arrested for resisting arrest and battery of a police officer who was injured! Last time I checked it didn’t really matter what your color is if you hit a cop, you go to jail.

      1. ed says:

        John This young man was cleared by TSA to board the aircraft. Under CA LAW flight attendant had no legal right to address this man at all about his attire.He also was harassed illegally and racially. The video posted of his behavior proved HE was the gentleman and the officials were the TOTAL PROBLEM!!!!!

      2. moderatewhitemom says:

        I’m not justifying resisting arrest, but the truth is it would have never escalated to anyone being arrested if this man hadn’t been singled out in the first place. The color of his skin, and learned beliefs, albeit unconsciously held by many, about how black folk act had everything to do with it.

      3. Josh Stewart says:

        Are you sure there are LAWS that state what a flight attendant has no legal right to address this man about his attire? That doesn’t sound right to me, esp. since businesses reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.

    2. betsy says:

      Ed if he was gentlemen don’t you think he would have pulled his pants when asked? To me is a punk who chose to not follow a simple request.

    3. OJ Simpson says:

      I am young white guy in my 30s and the issue is he did not listen, not that he was black. May have been extreme yes, but he did not respect authority, and that is what got him in trouble. Even if we disagree wit the cops, or flight crews, they do have legal authority that we need to respect, even if you don’t like it. If you don’t like it that much, take greyhound, its not that hard folks

  2. al says:

    I bet there where other black people or other races and ethnicities on the plane. Why werent they targeted and kicked off? Racism is a BS and lame excuse. I was a misbehaved punk that couldnt follow a simple request.

    1. ed says:

      YOU SIR ARE A COMPLETE AND UTTER MORON

      1. Sam Mallory says:

        Funny how you completely remove the real reason he got in trouble for ed. He was not listing to the police.

  3. Gary says:

    Of course it must be racial.
    Come on now don’t you think that card has been played enough.

  4. betsy says:

    This is complete bs, this had nothing to do with race. All this person had to do was pull up his damn pants and that would’ve been the end of the story. The fact is he chose to be disrespectful and said no out of spite. Oh please put me on this jury so I can make sure he gets nothing, nada, zilch.

  5. Edward R. Poopington says:

    The airlines are racist. Have you noticed that all airplanes are painted white? Where are the black planes? There are none. Because anybody who owns at least $5 of anything is a complete racist all of the time.

  6. Isabel says:

    Who looks more indecent, a man wearing a woman’s underwear, a bra openly with matching leggings or a man wearing loose baggy pants? I hate the racial card too but come on, this is so blantantly obvious he was targeted. I certainly find it opensive for someone to wear just an underwear and a bra, regardless of their gender, to the airport..

  7. HowsThat Again? says:

    Why is it when black thugs target Asian victims for robberies and assaults, the NAACP stays silent and doesn’t denounce the obviously racial bias by their own people??? Until the NAACP acknowledges this fact, they hold no credibility when they throw in the race card on any incident involving an alleged racial bias on a negro.

    1. Gary Steele says:

      Because NAACP is the Ku Klux Klan of the black “community.”

      1. Alex Doxie says:

        That’s what all white people think.

      2. meanone says:

        actually, that theory makes sense logically too…

  8. madness says:

    What does the NAACP say about Marmon assaulting cops, or having a warrant for his arrest from another county? Nothing, because he must be a victim

  9. CMMV says:

    U.S. Airways has a training issue here.
    Why would a man, wearing a womans bathing siut be allowed on a plane and a man with his underpants exposed not?
    This is not raceism, it’s lack of training by U.S. Airways.

  10. anbiethc says:

    I think the NAACP are just idiots when it comes to their misguided accusation when they should have known that racism isn’t involved. If this man happened to be white and if he dresses like that when trying to board a plane, he would be told to disembark from the plane to change his pant. But Marmon chose not to listen and therefore, he faces consequences, If he changes his pants or just went to buy a new pair of real pants instead of this pajamas he was seen wearing, he wouldn’t have gone into endless trouble. Mr. Marmon and the NAACP needs to be reminded that a proper attire fit will make a man decent. And a sloppy fit will make a man indecent. A ‘pajama pant’ does not make an outfit whole.

  11. Isabel says:

    Keep in mind, a couple of women complained about the man in a woman’s underwear, bra and leggigs, that they found what he was wearing or lack there of offensive. The Airlines responded “They had no dress code.” So why again, with this young black man, they said they have a dress code now? It does not make sense. It’s either you do or you don’t have a dress code.

  12. BrotherHood4life says:

    Main Event…NAACP vs. KKK take your pick!

  13. Steve says:

    Solutions to these things should be developed from looking at the actions, not the race involved. You cant just hide behind the race card and not take responsibility for level your action’s involvement. Trying to claim racisim makes me think that they just want to pin all this on the crew and the airline, while taking Mr. Marman’s actions during this incident off the hook. Hey, if Mr. Marman simplely honored the crew’s request, he probably wouldn’t have been kicked off and definitely not arrested because the cops probably wouldn’t have came. And, who knows, if Marman had a different crew from one of the old bikini man’s flights, he might not even be asked, since the crew might not care.

  14. William Redmond says:

    Here we go again – play the “race card”, no matter how ludicrous, and the press comes running like drolling dogs. So it’s “racist” to tell someone to pull their pants up over their butt in a public place? And he was arrested for refusing to obey the pilots instructions and creating a disturbance. Pathetic.

  15. Josh Stewart says:

    It’s not racism when the person in question does not comply with orders from the flight crew, let alone the PILOT, and then gets into a verbal confrontation with the police on top of it. Would you feel comfortable flying with someone at 30,000 feet who so brazenly defies orders from people of authority? At least the “cross-dressing” business executive that was discovered shortly after this story broke was (or claims to have been) compliant when flight crew, pilots, or other person’s of authority confronted him in regards to his dress code.

  16. Dawg says:

    And so what if it is racism? Who isn’t racist in one way or another? What’s the big deal? Everybody hates, including you, yes you heard me right….you.
    Blacks hate Whites, Whites hate Blacks and the poor Asians…well I don’t even want to go there. Anyway you get the picture, everybody hates (or at least dislikes) someone, including you.

  17. Jules says:

    If my 19 year old son left the house to get on a plane w/pajama bottoms that clearly didn’t fit and were hanging down below his underwear I would kick his butt myself! He deserved it…pull them up and DON’T fight the police. Punk

    1. Young Dad says:

      When I played college sports, we had a dress code to abide by at all times. Wearing pajama pants in public would have violated that dress code. Letting them hang off your rear end would have gotten you some serious discipline. Getting in the news for something as silly as this would have gotten you kicked off the team.

  18. linda clark says:

    my son got beat by acop today and i am try to get help

  19. Gary says:

    Pull up your pants punk!
    No one wants to see your butt !

  20. ED says:

    I JUST LOVE ALL THE RACIST RESPONSES HERE!!!! do unto others AS YOU WUOLD HAVE DONE UNTO YOU!!!! COMMON SENSE. CA LAW IS THE UNRUH LAW AGAINST DISCRIMINATION DUE TO APPEARANCES OR DRESS. HE HAD HIS PRIVATE PARTS COVERED AND HAD NOT INTERFERED OR CAUSED ANY PROBLEMS.HE HAD BEEN CLEARED BY TSA TO BOARD THE AIRCRAFT. THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT AND CUSTOMER SERVICE AGENT HAD NO LEGAL STANDING TO DENY BOARDING.THE PILOT COMPLICATED IT BY THEN ASSUMING HE COULD USE A SAFETY EXCUSE WHICH ALSO WILL NOT WORK UNDER THE LAWS OF CA. THIS YOUNG MAN SHUOLD SUE AND PUT A LIEN AGAINST THE PEOPLE INVOLVED WHICH WILL FORCE AN APOLOGY VERY QUICKLY AND A SETTLEMENT TOO.

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