Taking that “symbolic knee” over “skin pigmentation” seems to have gone full circle from the gridiron of the NFL to the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in South Korea.
Speed skater Shani Davis made it a point to highlight he’s African American by boycotting the opening ceremonies contending that a coin toss to see who would carry the American flag and lead the U.S. delegation was somehow rigged against him.
I am an American and when I won the 1000m in 2010 I became the first American to 2-peat in that event. @TeamUSA dishonorably tossed a coin to decide its 2018 flag bearer. No problem. I can wait until 2022. #BlackHistoryMonth2018 #PyeongChang2018 pic.twitter.com/dsmTtNkhJs
— Shani Davis (@ShaniDavis) February 8, 2018
Instead, luge star Erin Hamlin was chosen on Friday to carry “old glory” and lead the team into the stadium in Pyeongchang, South Korea, to the tune of “Gangnam Style.”
Hamlin said in a statement that she was “honored and excited” to be named flag-bearer, adding “this is something totally different.”
“It’s something that is because of that hard work. People acknowledge that and respect that. It’s a big privilege to represent Team USA,” she said.
By contrast, Davis was angry, saying he should have been picked and suggesting that race played a role in the selection.
Tweeting out; “I am an American and when I won the 1000m in 2010 I became the first American to 2-peat in that event.” @TeamUSA
Then Davis once again tweeted out what seemed like an accusation; “dishonorably tossed a coin to decide its 2018 flag bearer. No problem. I can wait until 2022.” #BlackHistoryMonth2018 #PyeongChang2018
Hamlin, 31, was chosen in a coin toss over Davis, 35, after the two athletes each tied 4-4 in the coin flip, resulting in a vote among eight U.S. winter sport federations.
Apparently still angry at not being able to lead the American delegation Davis decided to take a cheap shot at Hamlin, who holds a single bronze medal.
Tweeting out: “I am an American and when I won the 1000m in 2010 I became the first American to 2-peat in that event.”
No doubt Davis is an impressive athlete, a 5-time Olympian who has won two gold medals and two silver medals, however perhaps not being chosen lies more with Davis’s apparent lack of team sportsmanship, then his impressive athletic skills, in that, denigrating a fellow Olympian in a public tweet, regardless of the circumstances shows a lack of respect for a team member who did nothing improper to deserve Davis’s rant.
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