Lawyers for Rancho Cucamonga men weigh options in national anthem controversy at Citizens Business Bank Arena
By Joe Nelson
Victorville lawyers say security at Citizens Business Bank Arena and Ontario police did not protect two Rancho Cucamonga men who say they were assaulted when they did not stand during the national anthem at a Lakers game there last week.
Matthew Brady, 20, and Jiahn Talebi, 21, say a soda was dumped on them by two women, and Brady and Talebi were later accosted by a middle-aged man in the arena’s parking lot.
Lawyer Sharon Brunner said the fact security didn’t do anything and allowed the men to pursue the women was “questionable.” Brunner and lawyer Jim Terrell discussed the incident during a news conference Tuesday at Brunner’s office.
Terrell said it is law enforcement’s duty to “protect every victim.”
“They didn’t protect them. They didn’t assist them,” Terrell said.
Brunner said she and Terrell are reviewing all options, including a lawsuit, and are gathering more information.
The controversy is part of the national debate surrounding whether National Football League players should be fired, as President Donald Trump has suggested, for not standing during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The NFL players, following the lead of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, are attempting to draw attention to what he believes is widespread shootings of black men and women by police in the United States.
“We’re joking around and talking. We don’t want to show respect for the national anthem. I sing out, ‘Home of the slave,’ because that’s what it should say,” Talebi said in a telephone interview Monday. He said a group of men sitting in front of them, in seats that actually belonged to Talebi and Brady, began quarreling with them.
Security intervened and made the group of men leave that section, Talebi said. The basketball game began, and things remained calm, until the end of the fourth quarter, said Talebi.
“We thought […]