ESPN writer criticizes US flag at Olympics opening ceremony

ESPN writer says he couldn’t enjoy the Olympics opening ceremony because the American flag reminded of the Capitol riots and the ‘rise of white nationalism

  • ESPN writer Bill Rhoden on Monday criticized the prominence of the US flag during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics
  • He said the sight reminded him of flags on display at the January 6 Capitol riots
  • ‘We’ve seen the rise of white nationalism,’ hy het gesê. ‘Now when I see the flag [ek dink] what America am I living in?’
  • Rhoden also said the Olympics should have been cancelled because of the recent surge of coronavirus cases with the spread of the Delta variant
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  • A prominent sports writer for ESPN caused a stir by saying he was unable to enjoy the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olimpiese Spele because the sight of the American flag reminded him of ‘the rise of white nationalismand the January 6 Kapitool onluste.

    Bill Rhoden made the comments on CBS This Morning on Monday, sê: ‘My favorite part of the Olympics was always going to the stadium for the opening ceremonies. I love the opening ceremonies, the march of countries. Then I just realized, jy weet, man, particularly after these last four years, I had it wrong.

    Rhoden referred to an article he wrote for the New York Times gedurende die 2012 Londen Olimpiese Spele, getiteld: ‘Opening Ceremony Brings Out the Good Side of Nationalism,’ in which he argued about the benefits of team USA displaying its pride at the global event.

    Speaking with CBS, egter, hy het gesê, ‘Nationalism is not good. We’ve seen the rise of white nationalism. Nationalism is not good. En ook, this whole idea — I keep thinking back on the Capitol riots, and I saw a lot of, jy weet, US flags. So now when I see the flag and the flag raised, what — what America am I living in?’

    ESPN writer Bill Rhoden caused a stir by saying he was unable to enjoy the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics because the sight of the American flag reminded him of 'the rise of white nationalism' and the January 6 Capitol riots

    ESPN writer Bill Rhoden caused a stir by saying he was unable to enjoy the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics because the sight of the American flag reminded him of ‘the rise of white nationalismand the January 6 Capitol riots

    Rhoden appeared on CBS This Morning on Monday, where he said the American flags on display at the Tokyo Olympics reminded him of those at the January 6 onluste by die Capitol

    Rhoden appeared on CBS This Morning on Monday, where he said the American flags on display at the Tokyo Olympics reminded him of those at the January 6 onluste by die Capitol

    Rhoden spoke of the American basketball team losing 83-76 to France on Sunday, halting its chance at winning the gold medal, and called it a humbling experience for the team.

    Hy het gesê: ‘I just think that these Olympics should be a time of soul searching and winning sometimes is antithetic to soul searching.’

    Twitter users were quick to respond to Rhoden’s statements, with many outraged with his statements about the flag.

    One user, named Ben Fiscus, said ‘It was very disappointing to hear you say what you did about the flag. What happened at the capital was wrong and terrible but people need to quit blaming everything else on that day. Our country was in a lot better shape the last 4 years then the last 6 maande!’

    Twitter user Chuck Trout tweeted in response: ‘Everybody gets to have their opinion but I couldn’t disagree more. The folks that what is the capital are being prosecuted to the extent of the law and everybody agrees that was the wrong thing to do. But after a three hour debacle in our capital he now questions the flag WTH.

    Jonathan T. Gilliam, a conservative author and host of The Experts Podcast, tweeted in response, ‘This is the most brain dead leftist rant I’ve heard in a while. @WCRhoden epitomizes the ideological communist left & the tactic of conflating all issues into one racist, antiAmerican rant. Combined with the clueless @CBSThisMorning hosts, the entire video reeks of useful idiots.

    Rhoden referred to the opening of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics and, speaking with CBS, hy het gesê, 'Nationalism is not good'

    Rhoden referred to the opening of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics and, speaking with CBS, hy het gesê, ‘Nationalism is not good

    Rhoden said that the American flags on display at the Tokyo Olympics reminded him of those at the January 6 onluste by die Capitol, soos op die foto

    Rhoden said that the American flags on display at the Tokyo Olympics reminded him of those at the January 6 onluste by die Capitol, soos op die foto

    Armed rioters stormed the Capitol on January 6 to stop the electoral college from certifying the results of the 2020 verkiesing

    Armed rioters stormed the Capitol on January 6 to stop the electoral college from certifying the results of the 2020 verkiesing

    Intussen, speaking on CBS, Rhoden segued to his views on the Olympics continuing despite the recent surge in coronavirus cases.

    Hy het gesê, ‘I think the Tokyo Olympics and the NFL are sending the wrong message with 80,000 aanhangers, they’re sending the message that this is over. That Covid is over. And it’s not over.’

    Asked if they should have cancelled it, Rhoden said, ‘Of course they should have cancelled the Olympics. Our highest value now is money. Everything is being driven by money so they’re telling fans, atlete, roll the dice because we are going forward.’

    Tokyo Olympic organizers announced on Monday that there were 16 new Covid cases linked to the games, including three athletes, die totaal te bring 153 cases since July 1.

    The games are being held mostly without spectators as the capital has seen a rise in daily cases in recent weeks, reaching 1,979 verlede Donderdag, the highest since January.

    Rhoden segued into his views on the Olympics continuing despite the recent surge in coronavirus cases, saying that it should have cancelled

    Rhoden segued into his views on the Olympics continuing despite the recent surge in coronavirus cases, saying that it should have cancelled

    Tokyo Olympic organizers announced on Monday that there were 16 new Covid cases linked to the games, including three athletes

    Tokyo Olympic organizers announced on Monday that there were 16 new Covid cases linked to the games, including three athletes

    Japan recorded 4,204 new infections on Friday - 'n styging van 785 on the same day the previous week, wat gesien het 3,419 cases reported, according to the Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

    Japan recorded 4,204 new infections on Friday – 'n styging van 785 on the same day the previous week, wat gesien het 3,419 cases reported, according to the Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare