BOISE, Idaho (CBS 2) — Ammon Bundy. Some say he's a patriot. Some say he's a troublemaker.
Last Friday Bundy got the blame for the cancellation of a high school football game. The game was called at halftime with Emmett leading Caldwell.
Bundy says it was because he refused to mask up.
Appearing Tuesday afternoon on the Nate Shelman show on 670 KBOI, He explained that he didn't push his way into the stadium. When they told him at the gate that he couldn't come in without a mask, "I said, 'hey, I'm going to go down here along the fence and I'm going to watch the game there. My family went down there and that was it"
Almost. Though they were by themselves, far away from the field, Bundy said school administrators sought him out. "I chose not to make a scene ... Why don't they just leave me alone?" Bundy said.
In a video Ammon Bundy posted on his Facebook page, a coach from Emmett High can be seen on the other side of the fence pleading with Bundy to leave:
Coach: "If we have to cancel the game, we're not going to the playoffs."
Bundy: "You're not going to cancel the game."
Coach: "They're going to cancel the game!"
And they did.
Bundy posted another video of an exchange with a very unhappy woman:
Woman: "Why don't you just stay home?"
Bundy: "I'm not going to stay home. My boy plays on the team. Don't I have a right to go watch? "
Woman: "We all did!"
Several other fans seen in the video leaving the stadium seemed to know that Bundy was the reason the game was canceled.
However, the Caldwell School District later posted on its website that the game was called because of a threat against the school made in a 911 call. I asked a spokesperson for the district about the nature of the threat. She said she did not know.
Bundy believes the 911 call is just a smokescreen to cover the real reason for the cancellation: him.