A high school basketball team in Minnesota pulled out of an invitational event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day a few days after some of its fans launched a controversy by displaying a "Trump 2020" flag during a game.

"Given recent events, we believe the participation of our team in the event will detract from the hard work of the athletes and the upbeat focus of the MLK Showcase," Jordan High School District Superintendent Matthew Helgerson said in an e-mailed statement, according to The Minneapolis Star Tribune. 


The pro-Trump sign was displayed during a recent game between Jordan and Minneapolis Roosevelt High School. Afterward, Roosevelt coach Michael Walker questioned whether it was "appropriate" at a high school basketball game, noting his team is "predominantly black."

"I coach a predominantly black inner city high school team," he said in a Facebook post accompanying a picture of the fans. "We go out to a rural area in Jordan,[Minn.) and this is there."

"Please explain how and why this is appropriate at a high school basketball game?" he asked, including hashtags such as "#blackboysmatter."

The Star Tribune noted that Bridget Kahn commented on the post defending the flag's appearance at the game. She said that it was hers and that it had been used by students as part of a USA theme night. 

"I don't see anything wrong with that," she told the newspaper, adding that the students "don't have a racist bone in their body."

Helgerson released a statement last week expressing "regret that Roosevelt players and their coaching staff, fans and community were made to feel uncomfortable.”

He added that the district was reviewing the matter. 

The Tribune noted that Roosevelt's basketball team has taken heat over its decision to remain in the locker room during the national anthem since last week's controversy. 

The team said in a statement that "we're coming from a place that recognizes a history of oppression for people of color in the U.S," according to The Tribune.