By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
A young cyclist has been suspended indefinitely by his team following his announcement that he was a Donald Trump supporter, according to ABC News. Quinn Simmons — who was the junior road race world champion — was been removed from upcoming races by Trek-Segafredo.
He reportedly got suspended for a “divisive” comment by saying that he was a Trump supporter. This then sent Trek-Segafredo off the edge to take action against the 19-year-old.
Dutch Journalist José Been made the comment on Twitter, “My dear American friends, I hope this horrible presidency ends for you. And for us as (former?) allies, too.
If you follow me and support Trump, you can go. There is zero excuse to follow or vote for the vile, horrible man.”
Simmons then said, “Bye with a black waving emoji”
John Muther then entered into the mix. He said in one tweet, “Bye as well to Quinn.” He then followed up in another tweet, “Apparently a Trumper.” Simmons replied, “That’s right with an American flag emoji”
The team said that they did not suspend Simmons for being a Trump supporter.
“Trek-Segafredo is an organization that values inclusivity and supports a more diverse and equitable sport for all athletes,” the team said in a statement. “Quinn Simmons was not suspended because of his political views. He was suspended for engaging in conversation on Twitter in a way that we felt was conduct unbefitting a Trek athlete.
“Regrettably, team rider Quinn Simmons made statements online that we feel are divisive, incendiary, and detrimental to the team, professional cycling, its fans, and the positive future we hope to help create for the sport,” Trek-Segafredo said in a statement. “(He) will not be racing for Trek-Segafredo until further notice.”
Now, due to his suspension, he will not be able to compete in his upcoming events. Unless, the team decides to reverse their decision.
“As an American rider, I have always been proud to represent my country,” Simmons said. “Riding for an American team has been a lifelong dream. A big reason I chose this team was because of the American values behind it.
“To those who found the color of my emoji racist, I can promise that I did not mean for it be be interpreted that way. I would like to apologize to everyone, who found this offensive as I strongly stand against racism in any form. To anyone, who disagrees with me politically, that is fine. I won’t hate you for it. I only ask the same.”
Simmons is in his first season with the team.
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