While it flew, the NCAA banned its championships from taking place on SC soil. "Freedom of speech activities on the public property in areas surrounding the arena are managed by the city of Greenville and we are supportive of the city's efforts".
WNCN reporter David Hurst tweeted a photo of people standing on a sidewalk with Confederate flags, writing: 'People are waving confederate flags outside the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville ahead of tonight's NCAA Tournament games'. Our state has incredible people that's about moving forward. From 2001-2015, the NCAA barred predetermined championship games from taking place in SC, a direct action against the Confederate flag continuing to fly on statehouse grounds. People have freedoms to do whatever they want to do with themselves and their property. "All I know is this unbelievable university and state has taken in a son of Cuban immigrants that's married to a Jamaican woman, has mixed kids, and they've treated me like I'm one of their own from day one". It's a united state. Police are across the street monitoring the display. "Unfortunately, things like that happen but we live in the United States of America - and we don't all agree on things". This also isn't the first time Confederate flags have waved in Greenville this year during a sporting event.
Protesters arrived Sunday morning in pickup trucks with the flags flying.
But it removed them from the state over its HB2 bill, which limits protections offered to LGBT people and relocating to Greenville.
The NCAA does not host championship events in MS due to the prominence of the Confederate flag in the MS state flag. Since 2001, the NCAA had refused to hold championship events in the state due to the flag's presence, but it changed its policy after its removal.
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The issue was settled in 2015 after the massacre of nine black Charleston church goers by Dylann Roof, who was seen in pictures with the Confederate flag.
Roof was convicted of multiple murder counts and sentenced to death.
Some basketball fans said the Confederate flag shouldn't be there.
A single flag is being flown from the top level of the parking lot adjacent to the arena, where the second round of the NCAA tournament will begin tonight.