GREENVILLE, S.C. — The NCAA released a statement Sunday after members of the South Carolina Secessionist Party flew a large Confederate battle flag next to the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville.
The display happened as the NCAA held the final day of the first and second rounds of the men's college basketball tournament in the arena.
The flag was mounted on a pole that was several feet long, anchored in the bed of a pick-up truck that was parked on the top level of a city garage next to the arena.
"I felt like someone had punched me in the gut," said Amy Stromberg, a fan visiting from out of town. "It's very disturbing what that flag represents and I thought in South Carolina we were past that now."
The flag could be seen from miles away.
The Secessionist Party put the flag up around 9:30 a.m. Sunday, and by 6 p.m. it was taken down.
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