Three Colombians in Ohio for the World Flying Disc World Championships chuckled as they were delivered to their hotel in an Ohio Highway Patrol cruiser on July, a cruiser-cam video shows.
The drop-off at the Cincinnati Marriott Northeast concluded a series of events on July 12 touched off when two players and a volunteer affiliated with Oso Club Ultimate were put off a Greyhound bus about midnight on Interstate 71 north of Cincinnati, according to Lt. Scott Kuntz, commander of the highway patrol’s Cincinnati post.
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“Sorry you guys had a bad experience,” the unidentified trooper said after pulling up next to the three men standing with their luggage in the berm.
The trooper also expressed surprise the men were let off on I-71.
“The interstate is dangerous,” he said in the video obtained by this news organization.
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After talking briefly with the men, the trooper tells them he will have to call for another trooper to carry them and their luggage to the hotel.
He also expressed surprise after the men, one of whom was able to speak some English, told him they were let off because they spoke Spanish.
“That’s not illegal,” the trooper said.
Kuntz said a motorist reported “pedestrians walking on the interstate” southbound in the northbound lanes.
“We were just basically helping them get to where they needed to be,” Kuntz said Friday.
No citations were issued.
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“We were just thankful we were able to get them where they needed to be,” Kuntz said.
The incident prompted some controversy after another player contacted media and posted on social media claiming the three were taken off the bus for speaking Spanish.
Greyhound investigated and issued a statement:
“Upon our investigation, we determined that this was not an act of discrimination. In fact, English is not the driver’s first language either. Our policy states that customers must be transported to the destination that is printed on their tickets, and the customers were upset and became unruly when the driver refused to drop them off in another city about 32 miles outside of Cincinnati.”
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On Friday, the Oso was still playing to place, but was out of medal contention.
Play continued in Lebanon today and moves to Mason on Saturday for the final games and closing ceremonies at Mason High School.