US Olympic medalist set to be disciplined for taking a knee after gold medal
A strong message being sent out.
A US Olympic medalist is expected to face punishment as he took a knee in protest while accepting a Pan-Am gold medal.
Race Imboden, who is a fencer, will face possible sanctions, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) said on Saturday.
Imboden was a part of the United States gold medal winning squad in the team foil event, and he dropped to one knee during Friday’s award’s ceremony as the US flag was raised in a political protest.
He took to Twitter to explain the decision behind his protest, citing a number of reasons.
He said: "This week I am honored to represent Team USA at the Pan Am Games, taking home Gold and Bronze. My pride however has been cut short by the multiple shortcomings of the country I hold so dear to my heart.
"Racism, Gun Control, mistreatment of immigrants and a president who spreads hate are at the top of a long list. I chose to sacrifie my moment today at the top of the podium to call attention to issues that I believe need to be addressed. I encourage others to please use your platforms for empowerment and change."
We must call for change.
This week I am honored to represent Team USA at the Pan Am Games, taking home Gold and Bronze. My pride however has been cut short by the multiple shortcomings of the country I hold so dear to my heart. Racism, Gun Control, mistreatment of immigrants, pic.twitter.com/deCOKaHQI9
— Race Imboden (@Race_Imboden) August 10, 2019
The Guardian have reported that USOPC could sanction him for his actions.
Athletes taking a knee has become a way of protesting injustice in the United States, made popular by NFL player Colin Kaepernick to draw attention to police shootings of unarmed black men.