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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Deshon Marman, Football Player Kicked Off Plane for Saggy Pants, Won't Face Charges

Posted By on Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 8:45 AM

click to enlarge His style is not criminal
  • His style is not criminal

The San Mateo County District Attorney's Office decided not to file criminal charges against the University of New Mexico football player Deshon Marman, who was booted off a US Airways flight last month for refusing to pull up his sagging pants.

But how could they really file charges after the same airline allowed a crossdressing man to  board a plane?

While the airline called Marman's fashion choice inappropriate, with his boxers hanging out and his pants to his knees, it's not criminal, the DA told reporters.

"While we believe the officers on scene acted appropriately and professionally during the over one hour that they were in contact with Mr. Marman and repeatedly attempted to resolve the situation without difficulty, and while Mr. Marman could have quickly obviated the need for further intervention, we do not believe that criminal charges are warranted in light of all the circumstances surrounding the incident," District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe told the Chron.

The 20-year-old Marman was boarding a plane in San Francisco bound for New Mexico after attending the funeral of a friend who was shot to death in May. A flight attendant asked him to pull up his pants so his boxer shorts weren't showing.

When he refused, the airline asked him to leave the plane. He eventually got off the plane and was arrested -- not for what he was wearing, or for showing too much butt crack -- but rather for refusing to abide by the airline crew's demands that he get off the plane.

Airline officials say Marman's pants were "below his buttocks, but above the knees, and his boxer shorts were showing." That, they said, borders on indecent exposure. But the ACLU and other activist organizations say this  incident borders on racism. They claimed Marman was being targeted for dressing like a "thug."

"I knew that my son hadn't done anything. It's just a process that we had to go through," Donna Doyle, Marman's mother, told reporters. "I'm saddened that the district attorney took so long to do so, but I'm grateful that they have come to this decision to not pursue anything because there was nothing to pursue."

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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