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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.