White woman calls cops on black man who was watching and cheering for his son during his soccer game
The woman, who has not been identified yet, was filmed sitting in her golf cart on the sidelines of the game in Ponte Vedro, acting as a field marshal
A white woman in Florida, dubbed as 'Golf cart Gail, reportedly called the police on a black father for yelling instructions at his son during his soccer game, according to reports.
The woman, who has not been identified yet, was filmed sitting in her golf cart on the sidelines of the game in Ponte Vedro, acting as a field marshal. She was reportedly watching the game as the man shouted out to tell his son that the referee was "right".
The woman then came to the father, confronted him and said that this kind of harassment would not be tolerated. When the man explained that he was only talking to his child who was participating in the game, the woman continued to elongate the altercation, according to reports.
After a while, the man said that he would leave the game to avoid an "issue". The woman, however, followed him away from the soccer field and called the police. Reports state that she claimed she did not feel safe around the man's "threatening behavior". The woman said this after the man had told her that their conversation was "done" and he was leaving his own son's soccer game to avoid causing a situation.
A Black Lives Matter advocate Ginger Williams filmed the aftermath of the incident once police officials showed up at the scene. Another mother present during the game, Maria R. Morales-Walter also filmed the incident.
While talking to ABC News, Morales-Walther said that the woman also asked her to leave while she was filming the incident, claiming she said: "Ma'am, you can leave too. Videotape yourself as you're walking out."
Reports state that another parent had been asked to leave earlier in the game for improper behavior, which prompted these women to question the field marshal asking why did she not call the cops on the white man.
Williams, later, shared a long Facebook post about the incident titled "SOCCER WHILE BLACK". Reports state that 'Golf cart Gail' later admitted to police that the father was speaking to his son and not the referee, however, she claimed he became "nasty".
"So I go over and he says: 'I wasn't talking to the ref, I was talking to my son.' And I said, 'OK'. And I went on to just kind of explain, you know, 'I'm just trying to make sure everything is'... and then he starts, [he] gets nasty with me. You know, I'm not talking to you anymore. I'm done with this," she told the cops.
Williams reportedly asked the cops to promise that the man was "safe".
"From this entire situation from everything... I don't understand why this woman felt the need to call the police on this man. I've never in my life seen anything like this happen to anybody. The gentleman before him, absolutely, rude, screaming. This man said, 'Hey, I'm only talking to my son'," Williams said.
"I felt that this woman sat there on her cart and was a very intimidating presence. It was a non-issue and then she came zooming around. She's sitting there just waiting to create tension. To then follow this man out when he said, 'Hey, I'm going to leave. I don't want an issue.' Why [did] she feel it was necessary, when he voluntarily left on his own accord, to call the cops?" she added.
Williams said she had never met the father until the incident. She said his son was on a squad playing against her son's team. Williams said she and other parents spoke to the deputies because "we wanted to make sure the police knew what really happened".
The police later let the man go without any charge and told him that they had no reason to arrest him, according to reports.
The president of the Ponte Vedra Athletic Association, Gary Easom, however, refused to accept it as a racial incident and said that the field marshal was just attempting to control parents' behavior.