Chicago – The Athletes Council of the American Football Association sacked one of its members on Sunday, a day after the incendiary comments he made at the federation’s annual general meeting against the cancellation of the anti-kneeling policy.
The Athletes Council summoned Seth Gunn’s comment at the meeting on Saturday, saying they had “transcended disagreement over politics, into disinformation and aggressive rhetoric.”
At Sunday’s meeting, the council voted to dismiss Jan for violating the prohibited behavior policy.
Jan, who played for the seven-man ParaOlympic team in the US at the 2015 Paraban Games, has spoken out against canceling what was known as the 604-1 policy, which was put in place in response to US women’s superstar Megan Rapinoe’s kneeling. Colin Kaepernick.
The USSF board voted to cancel the policy last June, a decision confirmed by Saturday’s annual online meeting 71.34% in favor of the repeal.
“I’m sure I’ll hit some feathers with what I’m going to say, especially looking at the Council of Athletes I’m joining, but given the evolution of our unquoted quote, progressive culture where everything offends everyone, those willing to take my knees for our anthem, I don’t care to defend Half of our country and when they do, I don’t have much anxiety about doing the First Amendment properly as well, ” Jean said before the vote, referring to his Native American heritage.
Claiming that he was citing FBI statistics, Jean said “95% of deaths in black communities come at the hands of another black man.” He also veered into slavery, citing questionable statistics, and claimed that every athlete who kneels during the anthem does not respect the soldiers who fought slavery in the Civil War.
He said, “I still hear how our country was founded on the backs of slaves, even though only about 8% of the total population owned slaves.” “Every race in human history has been enslaved by another demographic at some point.”
He suggested that athletes wishing to kneel should do so on their individual podiums but not while representing the United States in a soccer field.
Federal President Cindy Barlow has followed suit and urged repeal.
“It is not about disrespecting the flag or disrespecting the army,” she said. “This is about the right of our athletes and our employees to peacefully protest racial inequality and police brutality.”
Becky Sauerbrunn, captain of the US women’s national team and member of the Athletic Council, Issued a statement Contesting Jean’s claims.
“Although I may object to this, Seth is entitled to have his opinion – however, he is not entitled to have his own set of facts and I do not believe that he should use the facts mentioned in a way that misleads and distorts the real issues at hand. For example, the crime has nothing to do with it.” In the black community with the fact that blacks are more likely to die at the hands of the police than any other group of people in the country, ”Soerbrunn writes.
The female team members who perched on the national anthem declared last week that they would no longer do so, preferring instead to focus on projects within the team and their communities to combat systemic racism.
Athletes Council said in a Sunday statement That Jan “has violated the Prohibited Conduct Policy Section on Harassment, which prohibits racial harassment or other harassment based on a person’s protected status (race), including any verbal act in which race is used or included in a way that makes a reasonable person uncomfortable.”
The council said it “wants to be clear in its condemnation of Mr. Jean’s statements yesterday”.
Before his dismissal, Jan tweeted a statement saying, “My positions do not in any way represent the American football team or the expanded US national teams,” adding that he was in no way diminishing the “horrors of slavery.”
However, he also wrote: “I will never apologize for the statements I have made and will never bow to the mob mentality of intimidation, bullying or Gestapo tactics used by the social media warrior,” he wrote. A federation launches a complete attack on diversity of ideas without seeking clarification from me in the smear campaign.
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