Mr. Trump is expected to attend the Alabama/Louisiana State University Game on Saturday. After having already been booed at previous sporting events including World Series Game 5 in the nation’s capital, people are on high alert for what could possibly happen.
On Wednesday, The University of Alabama warned that students could lose their reserved football seating for the rest of the year if they protest Trump’s visit.
Jason Rothfarb, vice president for Student Affairs for University of Alabama SGA, issued a follow-up statement to his original email, saying:
‘Some have misinterpreted my comment regarding “disruptive behavior.” As with other games this season, Organization’s Block Seating locations will be clearly marked, but at certain times, other students can and should have access to open seats. By disruptive behavior, we are asking students to be respectful to all students and staff and avoid altercations.
‘My email has nothing do with anyone’s First Amendment rights and I am sorry for any confusion. Please express yourself and especially your pride for the Tide.’
These comments are on the heels of a letter that was sent to block seat groups warning:
‘Any organizations that engage in disruptive behavior during the game will be removed from block seating instantly for the remainder of the season.’
Jackson Fuentes, SGA Press Secretary, issued a statement saying:
‘The SGA strongly affirms its belief in free speech and the rights of all students to express their opinions. Today’s report erroneously assigned a political context to a message meant only to remind students about heightened security and the consequences of altercations or other behaviors unbecoming of a University of Alabama student, as defined in the Capstone Creed.
‘We look forward to cheering on the Crimson Tide, alongside the student body, on Saturday afternoon.’
Ironically, students from the same school were protesting just several weeks ago out of concern for free speech and diversity.
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