A member of Sikh religion said he and his friends were asked a recent Chargers football game to remove their turbans, reported News10 on Saturday.
Verinder Malhi drove with his friends seven hours from Fresno to watch the Denver Broncos play the Chargers last Sunday, and told News10 that a security guard initially wouldn’t let them into Qualcomm Stadium because of their turbans, a head garment for Sikh men.
“Three of my buddies, they had turbans on and it was like, ‘You guys got to take the turbans off,”‘ Mahli said. They were finally allowed inside Qualcomm, but Malhi said a security supervisor told him that if they ever come back, they cannot wear turbans, News10 reported.
“It’s bad, I mean, this is embarrassing for me, because we are Americans at the end of the day,” Malhi said. “And we are not supposed to be afraid of fellow Americans.”
According to News10, at some point on Sunday afternoon a person called San Diego police about Malhi and his friends. Police said the caller claimed that three men wearing turbans were fiddling with items in their trunk, and had then left the parking lot. A tailgater took a photo of a bomb-sniffing dog checking Malhi’s vehicle.
Police told News10 the dog cleared the car. Malhi said they had simply put a bag in the car after realizing they weren’t allowed to take it in the stadium. “Everybody (was) kind of confusing us with the turbans, because what you see on TV is mostly the terrorists wear turbans,” he said.
Malhi added Sikhs’ turbans are different, along with their faith and beliefs.
The City of San Diego, which owns and operates Qualcomm Stadium, is looking in to the matter, said News10, but said the security supervisor is not a city employee.
— City News Service
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