A sag story:
From harmless trend to outlaw fashion
Caitlin Taylor | Collegio Reporter
A fashion trend where pants sag below the waist has become a legal issue that can get people kicked off airplanes, fined or even jailed.
Pine Lawn, a suburb of St. Louis, Mo., outlawed the style, fining people who show too much underwear up to $100. And for the parents of minors caught with their pants down, the penalty can be up to $500 or 90 days in jail.
Some Florida towns have similar laws, and the city council in Collinsville, Ill., is debating whether to follow suit.
Solomon Watkins, running back for the PSU football team and junior in recreation, says that such ordinances can be good. He says a lot of people have the waistline of their pants sagging down around their knees and that in cases like that, it’s a little extreme.
“If you have your pants down a little bit, not showing your boxers or skin, then that is all right,” Watkins said. “But some people take sagging to the next level.”
Watkins says that a no-saggy-pants policy at PSU would be a good thing.
“Where I come from, it’s a family place,” Watkins said. “People don’t dress that way.”
Deshon Marman, a University of New Mexico football player who let his pants sag low, was taken off a June flight and arrested in California after a flight attendant called police and reported that the 20-year-old was exposing himself.
Kevin Muff, PSU head coach for men’s basketball, says that airlines and other businesses have a right to deny service to people who don’t meet standards of conduct or apparel, but that the rules have to be known and then enforced consistently.
“They can’t pick and choose which customers they are going to deny service to,” Muff said.
Muff says that Marman was wrong for not complying with the airlines, even though wearing sagging pants has become a trend.
“Even though I don’t agree with it, clothing styles and fashions are always changing,” Muff said.
Muff also says that until the truth comes out, no one knows what was really said between the young man and the flight attendant who called the police.
“With airline safety at a premium, I wouldn’t recommend a stance of non-compliance with anything they (airport security) may ask of you,” Muff said.
Watkins says that football players need to be role models.
“You shouldn’t have your pants around your ankles if you’re representing your team or school,” Watkins said.