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MN American Legion tells ballplayers: Respect flag during anthem or you're banned

March 1, 2017


Star Tribune—December 15th, 2016

Paul Walsh

The committee overseeing American Legion baseball in Minnesota has adopted a no-tolerance policy when it comes to athletes' behavior during the national anthem before games: Anything less than "proper respect" will mean outright banishment.

During its annual fall meeting last month in North St. Paul, the state's legion baseball committee took a cue from higher-ups and embraced the resolution passed earlier by the legion's National Executive Committee, State Director Mike Perry said Thursday.

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