Camping World CEO Maintains American Flag Won’t Come Down Amid Lawsuits, Possible Jail Time

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Marcus Lemonis, the chairman and CEO of Camping World got an unimaginable lawsuit against him and his RV location, Gander RV, from the city of Statesville, North Carolina back in May. The lawsuit states that the business is violating city ordinance by flying an American flag that is much larger than what the city permits for businesses.

The City of Statesville, North Carolina has filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction to require Gander RV in Statesville,…

Posted by Camping World on Saturday, May 18, 2019

On May 20, the city of Statesville, North Carolina released a statement stating that Gander RV has a permit approved for a 40×25-foot flag on its property but instead flies a 40×80-foot flag – which is prohibited by the city. Since October 2018, the city has been charging Gander a $50-per-day fine until the flag is replaced.

Lemonis, who is famous for his show The Profit, publicly tweeted the City of Statesville to let them know that the 3,200-square-foot flag isn’t going anywhere.

While Lemonis isn’t budging, neither is the city. In a Facebook post, they said that they stand by the flag and its representation, but they take their laws and ordinances very seriously.

We would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU for the outpouring of support many have shared for our American…

Posted by City of Statesville on Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Recently, Lemonis paid a visit to Statesville to address the controversy firsthand.

“Bottom line is, the flag’s not coming down,” he said to reporters.

He also said that if the trial goes forward and he does not take the flag down, “I’d be in contempt of court, which…I’m willing to go to the end on this issue.”

I’m willing to go to jail,” he continued.

Camping World CEO visits Statesville; maintains that flag won't come down

UPDATE: Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis is arguing that the city ordinance banning a huge American flag from flying over his recreational vehicle store in Statesville is unconstitutional. READ MORE: https://bit.ly/2XqZVrE"I'M WILLING TO GO TO JAIL OVER IT": Camping World CEO paid a visit to Statesville today, addressing the growing controversy over the massive American flag flying over Gander RV. He said bottom line, it's not coming down. READ MORE: http://bit.ly/2Wf5flh

Posted by FOX 46 Charlotte on Thursday, May 30, 2019

Just a couple days after that statement, Lemonis tweeted out his team’s legal answer to the City of Statesville, alleging that North Carolina constitutions “protect the right to fly an American flag of any size” as long as it’s not a safety hazard, and to his knowledge, the flag at Gander RV is not.

He tweeted out copies of the filing.

On June 17, the Statesville City Council voted down the proposed flag ordinance, which deems the flag flying at Gander RV too large.

Despite this problem, Lemonis maintains that he will not take down the flag, or fly a smaller one.

See you in court,” he tweeted.

Watch Lemonis’ reaction to the vote below.