New Jersey high school swimmer disqualified from race for size of American flag on cap, father claims

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A high school swimmer was disqualified from a race after the American flag patch on his cap was ruled 0.2 inches too large, according to the swimmer’s father.

Rob Miller said his son, a 16-year-old sophomore at Morristown High School in New Jersey, had worn the patch in honor of his grandfather, who was killed in the 9/11 attacks in New York.

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A sophomore was disqualified from his swimming race after an American flag on his cap was too large.

The meeting was during Morristown Senior Night against Parsippany Hills High School.

According to Miller, the opposing coach waited until the 400-meter freestyle relay finished to measure the emblem.

«The subject is the coach [sic] waited until after the swim to get the disqualification, and decided to put the burden of a ‘loss’ on a 16-year-old, letting down all the seniors who won their last dual meet of their HS careers.» miller wrote.

«Usually wears team cap or other color backwards, no logo/flag. Only time wearing this to a game and coach disqualified. Unreal luck,» Miller wrote in a tweet. separate tweet.

‘Unfortunately, the boys lost during the final relay due to some technical difficulties (everyone knows that the Motown boys were the real winners),’ the Morristown Swim Team Instagram Account aware.

The race occurred during Morristown High School's senior night.

The race occurred during Morristown High School’s senior night.

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National Federation of State High School Associations Swimming and Diving Rules declare the following:

«One American flag, not to exceed 2 inches by 3 inches, may be used or take up space on each item of uniform. By state association adoption, to allow for special occasions, commemorative or commemorative patches, not to exceed 4 inches square, it can be worn on the uniform without compromising its integrity».

miller wrote in a later tweet that he was «assuming it might be a ‘political statement'».

The swimmer had worn the cap in honor of his grandfather, who was killed in the 9/11 attacks, according to his father.

The swimmer had worn the cap in honor of his grandfather, who was killed in the 9/11 attacks, according to his father.
(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

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None of the school’s swim coaches responded to a request for comment.

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