He Trek Segafredo has decided to remove the American runner from the team “until further notice” Quinn Simmons for some tweets in support of the president of the United States, Donald Trump, with the electoral campaign underway, which the formation considers “divisive, inflammatory and damaging for the team, professional cycling and the future of sport. “
“Trek-Segafredo is an organization that values inclusion and supports a more diverse sport and equitable for all athletes. While we support the right to freedom of expression, We will hold people accountable for their words and actions, “the training commented in a statement.
Simmons, 19-year-old runner, commented on twitter an opinion from the journalist and cyclist commentator José Been on the upcoming American election in which he said:
“My dear American friends, I hope may this horrible presidency end for you. And also for us as (old?) Allies. If you follow me and support Trump, you can go. There is no excuse to follow or vote for the vile, horrible, man “, to which Simmons replied” bye “with an emoji of a hand with a black skin tone waving.
When he referred to Simmons as a “Trumper” in a reply, he responded: “So is” with an emoji of an American flag.
Trek-Segafredo response to public comments made by Quinn Simmons pic.twitter.com/ygqYjy8FWz
— Trek-Segafredo (@TrekSegafredo) September 30, 2020
There was a heated reaction on twitter with some referring to the emoji used by Simmons as a form of racism and suggested that they would no longer buy a bike from their commercial team’s main sponsor, Trek Bikes. Some also said that Simmons should leave the team.
The Trek-Segafredo team came on stage stating that does not tolerate comments or actions from its brokers That add to the “divisive” conversations.
“The team will work with Quinn to help you understand the proper tone of conversation it must keep an athlete in their position, “Trek-Segafredo said on twitter.