PHILADELPHIA (VINnews) — An influential New Jersey businessman and Democrat operative was reportedly thrown out of an NFL game Sunday, because he proudly displayed an American-Israeli flag over the ledge of his suite.Join our WhatsApp group
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Now George Norcross is threatening to sue the Philadelphia Eagles, after allegedly being forcibly removed from Lincoln Financial Field during an Eagles-Cowboys game.
Norcross said that he hung the flag outside a private suite he was sitting in during the game. While he was in the suite, he was approached by security, allegedly because of the flag draped over the edge of the suite, according to Fox News.
Video appears to confirm that Norcross had a heated exchange with the guard, after which he was escorted out. The footage posted on social media shows a justifiably furious Norcross being escorted out while another man takes his flag.
New Jersey Democrat and multi-millionaire George Norcross was forcibly removed from the Philadelphia Eagles game for displaying a banner featuring the American and Israeli flag.pic.twitter.com/EkDDbmBijl
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) November 6, 2023
“Yesterday, I was forcibly removed and assaulted by the non-police security staff of Lincoln Financial Field and the Eagles/NFL for refusing to remove a 3′ x 5′ American and Israeli flag I’d hung off the box I was sitting in,” Norcross told the New Jersey Globe.
“As a longtime passionate fan and season ticket holder,” Norcross said, “I have watched the Eagles/NFL make clear and strong statements on numerous important civil justice issues and ethnic and world conflicts, including supporting the people of Ukraine, so as a strong supporter of Israel – a country which was viciously attacked by the terrorist group Hamas less than a month ago – I thought it was an important statement to make.”
In a statement obtained by NBC10 in Philadelphia, the Eagles appeared to confirm that he was ejected due to the flag, however the team said Norcross’ removal had nothing to do with the content of his flag, but rather the team’s policy prohibiting signage with any kind of non-game messaging to be hung from a suite.
“Stadium staff repeatedly asked Mr. Norcross to remove the sign he hung outside of the suite,” the Eagles said. “Instead of complying with the request, Mr. Norcross became physically and verbally abusive. Mr. Norcross was ejected from the stadium only after his abuse toward numerous stadium staff members continued. He was escorted from the suite level to the stadium’s ejection point, just as anyone else would be after engaging in abusive behavior in violation of stadium policy.”
In response to the allegations of abusive behavior, Norcross said:
“This is a silly and transparent attempt to deflect attention from their tearing down a flag supporting the United States and Israel following the Oct 7th attacks. The video is clear there was no “physical abuse” by me and there were 15 people in the box who were witness, including several licensed members of law enforcement who can confirm there was no physical abuse by me. In fact, the only abuse at all is when the Eagles/NFL security force assaulted me and arm locked me behind my back.
“Regarding verbal abuse, for sure I was extremely angry that the team would physically treat people this way and that the Eagles/NFL leadership wouldn’t show the same support for Israel it has shown for other civil rights issues and ethnic and world conflicts.”