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Sagging Pants Get College Football Player Deshon Marman Kicked Off A Plane

Submitted by on June 17, 2011 – 8:43 am14 Comments

University of New Mexico safety Deshon Marman was taken off of a flight at San Francisco International (SFO) Airport Wednesday because his baggy pants hung too low and exposed his underwear. The 20-year-old was heading back to Albuquerque when an airline employee spotted Marman and wasn’t too fond of his sagging pants. Although he wasn’t a threat, police say Marman was asked to pull his pants up—when he refused, action was taken. Marman was removed—via citizen’s arrest by the pilot—from the flight because the airline’s dress code forbids inappropriate attire.

On Wednesday, San Francisco police got a call about 9 a.m. that someone was exposing himself outside a US Airways gate, Sgt. Michael Rodriguez said.

An airline employee spotted Marman before he boarded Flight 488, bound for Albuquerque, and complained that Marman’s pants “were below his buttocks but above the knees, and that much of his boxer shorts were exposed,” Rodriguez said.

The employee asked Marman to pull up his pants before he boarded the plane, but he refused, Rodriguez said. Marman allegedly repeated his refusal after taking his seat on the plane.

“At that point he was asked to leave the plane,” Rodriguez said. “It took 15 to 20 minutes of talking to get him to leave the plane, and he was arrested for trespassing.” Marman allegedly resisted officers as he was being led away.

Marman was charged with trespassing, battery and resisting arrest and was released on $11,000 bail.

But here’s the kicker: Marman was returning from the funeral of a recently murdered high school friend and was said to be in “an emotionally raw state” when heading back to New Mexico. A airplane employee singling out Marman for sagging pants (seriously, who isn’t sagging these days) seemed to draw the ire from Marman.

Should Marman simply have pulled up his pants? Was the airplane employee doing a little bit of racial profiling? Who was wrong? Marman’s fellow passenger may have summed it up the best:

Jake Tommerup, 57, of Phoenix, who was aboard flight 488, said he had been annoyed by the hour-and-a-half delay. But he also said he was stunned by US Airways’ reaction to what, in Tommerup’s mind, amounted to little more than a questionable fashion choice.

“When I get on a plane and see a 13-year-old girl with her whale tail”—exposed G-string underwear—”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.”

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