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Baggy Pants Lead to Arrest of Black Passenger Deshon Marman & Evacuation of Plane at San Francisco Int’l Airport

Talk about “fashion police”… !!!

A black college football star returning from his best friend’s funeral was arrested at San Francisco International Airport yesterday after refusing to heed demands from the flight crew that he pull up his sagging pants.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle and NBC Bay Area, 20-year-old Deshon Marman, a San Francisco native and defensive player for the University of New Mexico, was arrested and hauled off a US Airways flight by San Francisco police and locked up in a San Mateo County jail for a day on suspicion of tresspassing, battery and resisting arrest. He was released on $11,000 bail.

Not only was Marman arrested for failure to comply with the pilot’s and flight crew’s request, the entire plane was also evacuated. The flight to Phoenix and Albuquerque was delayed by an hour and a half.

Donna Doyle, Marman’s mother, believes it was a case of discrimination. “He was stereotyped because of his pants, his color and [his] dreadlocks,” she told NBC Bay Area.

Paris Carthen, Marman’s former football coach, told the San Francisco Chronicle that “if he was a rich and famous rapper wearing his pants that way, the employee probably would have run to him and asked for his autograph. But because he’s not famous, they make assumptions.”

Marman was a good student with a 3.0 grade point average in high school and at City College of San Francisco before transferring to the University of New Mexico.

He was in San Francisco to attend the funeral of his best friend, David Henderson, who was shot in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood.

Jake Tommerup, a 57-year-old Phoenix resident and passenger on the US Airways plane that was evacuated , was “stunned” by the flight crew’s reaction. “When I get on a plane and see a 13-year-old girl with her whale tail (exposed G-string) and fat old white guys with plumber’s crack sitting down, and middle-aged ladies in halter tops and tons of cleavage– if you’re not going to kick those people off the plane or ask them to cover up, then let’s admit the hypocrisy,” he told the Chronicle.

It’s not just big, black men who get kicked off airplanes for their sartorial selections. In 2007, Kyla Ebbert, a 23-year-old college student, was booted from a Southwest Airlines plane for dressing “too sexy.”

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