Medal of Honor Bowl denied funding after racially-charged debate

Published: Dec. 10, 2014 at 1:35 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 10, 2014 at 11:15 AM EST
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Medal of Honor Bowl has been denied thousands of dollars in funding after Charleston County Council voted against a funding request.

A chairman of the Medal of Honor Bowl says Tuesday night's decision was surprising as the council has been supportive of the bowl game.

The second annual Medal of Honor Bowl, a collegiate all-star game, will still be played on Jan. 10. at The Citadel's Johnson Hagood Stadium

Tommy McQueeney says he requested $25,000 to help defray the cost of a contract with NBC Sports Network to televise the sporting event.

He says the finance committee passed the request 5 to 3, but in full council, about 20 minutes later, one council member reversed their decision.

Citadel sources tell us the debate was racially-charged and references were made to the college's Confederate symbols, the national tensions regarding Ferguson and New York City also came up.

The game honors Medal of Honor recipients, disabled veterans and wounded warriors.

This is the first year the bowl will be televised and broadcast to 76 million homes.

Officials at the Medal of Honor Bowl tweeted out the following response:

"While the current vote was disappointing, we are very appreciative of Charleston County's previous support. Our focus is to put on a first class all-star game to celebrate our military, veterans, wounded warriors and our Medal of Honor recipients and to bring another premier event to Charleston. We look forward to seeing everyone at the game on January 10th."

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