By now, the routine of athletes calling attention to themselves by dissing the U.S. flag at some athletic event has become so de rigueur you could write the script before it happens.
Lose the big prize. Take a knee to the flag. Make a raving or two to the press about the awfulness of the U.S. And reap lots of media attention your athletic performance wouldn’t otherwise merit. Instant fame. Endorsement deals. Money. Profit big from insulting the very flag of the country that made your performance possible.
A couple days ago we got this attention-seeker whose bronze medal in fencing at a championship event in Lima, Peru, apparently wasn’t sufficient for him.
Never heard of him before. Hope I never hear from him again.
But that’s too much to ask, what with an eager media clamoring to record his every word and hand him exposure his rivals can only envy. The two U.S. athletes who outperformed this publicity hound get zero press attention, but the third-place finisher, Race Imboden, gets all the soapbox he wants. See how they fawn:
'We must call for change'
Team USA fencer Race Imboden took a knee as a form of silent protest during the team foil medal ceremony 2019 Pan American Games. pic.twitter.com/Ft7XYZtPxV
— CBC Olympics (@CBCOlympics) August 10, 2019
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