VIDEO: Boston Marathon Official Tosses U.S. Flag On Ground During Award Ceremony

The Boston Athletic Association has issued an apology for mishandling the American flag during the Boston Marathon.

Boston, MA – The Boston Athletic Association (BAA) has issued an apology for having mishandled the American flag during the Boston Marathon men’s wheelchair race awards ceremony on Monday (video below).

According to U.S. Code, “no disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America,” and it “should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground.”

Daniel Romanchuk dominated the men’s wheelchair race with a time of 1:21:36, beating second-place finisher Masazumi Soejima by nearly three minutes, Runner’s World reported.

The 20-year-old college student from Illinois became the first American to win the race since 1993, and is the youngest top athlete in the history of the men’s wheelchair division, according to USA Today.

During the awards ceremony, Romanchuk beamed as he sat with the American flag draped over his shoulders during the national anthem.

A moment later, the flag was removed so that a race official could place a medal around Romanchuk’s neck and a winner’s wreath on his head, video footage showed.

But in the process, the race official grabbed the flag and tossed it to the side, leaving it in a crumpled heap on the floor.

BAA chief operating officer Jack Fleming immediately issued an apology for the disrespectful way the flag was handled, USA Today reported.

“The Boston Athletic Association apologizes sincerely for the nature in which our Men’s Wheelchair Award Ceremony was held,” Fleming said in a statement. “We are reviewing our Awards protocol to ensure that this does not happen again.”

“The Boston Marathon has been an American tradition for more than a century and we take pride in the passion and determination that participants, spectators, and volunteers from around the world display at our annual event,” he continued. "Our flag is a symbol of freedom, unity, and community spirit — all of which are virtues that the Boston Athletic Association supports."

You can watch footage from the award ceremony in the video below (h/t TB Daily News):

Comments (16)
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Deny777
Deny777

Well...she wouldn't be there next year. What is wrong with people? It's not a towel or something you toss on the floor. Idiot!

Morgan Ray
Morgan Ray

Dumbass.

flagwaver
flagwaver

Someone standing near her should picked it up immediately. Such a shame the way our beautiful flag is so disrespected today. Everytime I put up our flag on the front of our house. I stand there thanking God for what that flag stands for and for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedom . Often times I will say the pledge of allegiance after putting it up. God bless our beautiful America and God bless Blue LIves Matter.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

That pos bitch should be banded from ever attending and or participating in the Boston Marathon ever again! Want to bet that cow is a democratic?

psydewinder
psydewinder

WTF is a Boston Marathon? Never seen one. After hearing this I will actively avoid it.

cspcapt
cspcapt

it'e boston what do you expect?

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

That really rubs me the wrong way!! I remember growing up my Dad and I used to take the flag down every night at our beach house and he was so strict in teaching me to NEVER let it touch the ground. I was a child a new better!!! SMH 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

It’s a shame how people treat the American Flag. When I was growing up the American flag was handled with tender gloves and it better not touch the ground but now people treat it like ragged piece of cloth with no meaning. To think about the number of men and women that has died protecting our flag and to see people misuse it really chaps my a$&!!!

Wish505
Wish505

I can see why it appears to be one of those blonde moments in history. This woman needs to be identified and needs to make an apology.

Gramercy
Gramercy

So wrong. Not sure what the reasoning was, if any, for the disrespect. An apology is owed to the winner who rightfully wore the flag that was later disrespected.

hangemhigh
hangemhigh

Supposedly this was Joann Flaminio, a "radical feminist" and past president of the Boston Athletic Assn that sponsors the Boston Marathon. She is on Facebook and Turtleboy Sports:

mountainmanmiller
mountainmanmiller

This woman ( Joann Flaminio) deserves to be fired...

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

Our flag was not in her way she intentionally tossed it aside, fire her ass.

FredP
FredP

Your apology is acknowledged, but I for one do not accept it. While your apology does exonerate the Marathon Committee from this heinous desecration, the World cannot unsee what was done to our beloved symbol! This cretin needs to be fired from your organization with a note of her guilt in this matter. She is an embarrass-ment to the Nation, the Boston Marathon and to this sterling athlete whose Patriotism was dishonored by her disrespect. Her firing is the final apology that we demand!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

🤣🤣🤣 doesn't this site sell shirts with an altered American flag? Funny how you quote only the part of Flag Code convenient to you. Much like the Bible.