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PODIUM PENALTY: American Fencer Placed on Probation after Kneeling During US Anthem

posted by Hannity Staff - 8.21.19

Two American athletes were placed on one year of probation by the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee this week after they protested the US national anthem during an official awards ceremony.

“Two U.S. athletes were given a year of probation by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) for staging protests while on the podium at the Pan American Games earlier this month, letters sent Tuesday revealed,” reports Fox News. Hammer thrower Gwen Berry raised her fist and fencer Race Imboden took a knee while on the medal stand last week in Lima, Peru. All athletes at the Pan American Games and the Olympics agree to rules forbidding political protest.”

“It is also important for me to point out that, going forward, issuing a reprimand to other athletes in a similar instance is insufficient,” USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland wrote to the athletes.

“We recognize that we must more clearly define for Team USA athletes what a breach of these rules will mean in the future,” Hirshland added. “Working with the (athletes and national governing body councils), we are committed to more explicitly defining what the consequences will be for members of Team USA who protest at future Games.”

Read the full report at Fox News.

Original Story: August 12, 2019

A 26-year-old American fencer took a knee during the performance of the US national anthem in Peru Friday; protesting what he describes as “racial and social injustice” throughout the United States.

“Race Imboden, 26, an American fencer who won a bronze medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics, knelt during the national anthem at a Pan American Games award ceremony on Friday in Lima, Peru, to protest American racial and social injustice,” reports Yahoo News.

“This week I am honored to represent Team USA at the Pan Am Games, taking home Gold and Bronze,” posted Imboden on social media. “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.”

The athlete may face disciplinary action from the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee for the protest.

“Every athlete competing at the 2019 Pan American Games commits to terms of eligibility, including to refrain from demonstrations that are political in nature. In this case, Race didn’t adhere to the commitment he made to the organizing committee and the USOPC,” said Mark Jones, Vice President of Communications at USOPC, in a statement on Saturday, according to the Associated Press. “We respect his rights to express his viewpoints, but we are disappointed that he chose not to honor his commitment. Our leadership are reviewing what consequences may result.”

Read the full report here.

PODIUM PROTEST: American Fencer Kneels During US Anthem at Pan-Am Games Ceremony

posted by Hannity Staff - 8.12.19

A 26-year-old American fencer took a knee during the performance of the US national anthem in Peru Friday; protesting what he describes as “racial and social injustice” throughout the United States.

“Race Imboden, 26, an American fencer who won a bronze medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics, knelt during the national anthem at a Pan American Games award ceremony on Friday in Lima, Peru, to protest American racial and social injustice,” reports Yahoo News.

“This week I am honored to represent Team USA at the Pan Am Games, taking home Gold and Bronze,” posted Imboden on social media. “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.”

The athlete may face disciplinary action from the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee for the protest.

“Every athlete competing at the 2019 Pan American Games commits to terms of eligibility, including to refrain from demonstrations that are political in nature. In this case, Race didn’t adhere to the commitment he made to the organizing committee and the USOPC,” said Mark Jones, Vice President of Communications at USOPC, in a statement on Saturday, according to the Associated Press. “We respect his rights to express his viewpoints, but we are disappointed that he chose not to honor his commitment. Our leadership are reviewing what consequences may result.”

Read the full report here.

AMERICA'S COACH: Hockey Coach Speaks Out After Telling Team to Respect USA or ‘Get the F*** Out’

posted by Hannity Staff - 7.11.19

A Connecticut hockey coach whose video went viral on social media in recent days spoke with Fox News Thursday; saying he “takes pride” in his country and his players need to respect “soldiers, firemen, and police.”

Coach John Krupinsky stopped-by ‘Fox and Friends’ to discuss the famous footage after hundreds of thousands of users applauded his patriotic speech.

“I take pride in my country,” said Krupinksy. “I’ve unfortunately seen it cover too many coffins. I think we can take a timeout to give two minutes’ worth of respect to our soldiers, to our firemen, to your policemen. I don’t think that’s asking too much. I’m not going to apologize for asking players to show a little bit of respect when it’s either the American or Canadian national anthem.”

“Some people said, ‘oh you wouldn’t let your players protest.’ I wanna be clear: My players would be free to protest on their day off,” he said. “If they had something they wanted to do. My owners are awesome – they would give them the team bus to go.

“But when they’re playing the national anthem, I don’t think it’s too much to ask your employees to show some respect for the flag and for the country,” he added.

WATCH: Hockey coach tells players if anybody is going to disrespect the national anthem, "get the f**k out!"

THIS is how you deal with your players. Respect our flag, respect our national anthem, and respect our country.

Posted by Sean Hannity on Monday, July 8, 2019

“If there’s anybody here who is going to be disrespectful to either the American or the Canadian national anthem, grab your gear and get the f–k out now because you’ll never see the ice in this arena,” Krupinsky told his players in the viral video. “We don’t have that problem in hockey. We’re better than that, but there was no sense in wasting anybody’s time if that s–t was going to happen.”

Read the full story at Fox News.

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