Head Of Mo. Rodeo Group Resigns, Cites Obama Clown

Source: David A. Lieb / AP / ABC News

The president of the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association has resigned after getting flak about a State Fair event in which a rodeo clown riled up the crowd as a bull chased a masked man imitating President Barack Obama.

An attorney for rodeo announcer Mark Ficken said Tuesday that his resignation from the group is not an acknowledgment of wrongdoing on his part but rather a protest that the association has not banned the rodeo clown from its membership.

Ficken’s resignation from the rodeo group comes as he tries to hold on to his job as superintendent of the Boonville School District. The school system announced Monday that it is hiring an investigator to look into whether Ficken was involved in any “inappropriate conduct” during Saturday’s bull riding event at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.

Missouri’s elected officials have denounced the rodeo clown act as disrespectful to Obama.

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