Trek-Segafredo’s junior street race world champion Quinn Simmons has apologised after he made “divisive, incendiary, and detrimental” statements on Twitter.
The 19-year-old American, who gained his title in 2019, responded to a tweet by a biking journalist about United States president Donald Trump with ‘bye’ and a black hand-waving emoji.
His response, deemed racist by some Twitter customers, sparked a backlash.
“I can promise I didn’t imply for it to be interpreted that method,” he mentioned.
“I want to apologise to everybody who discovered this offensive as I strongly stand towards racism in any kind.”
Trek-Segafredo mentioned he wouldn’t race for them “till additional discover”.
“Trek-Segafredo is a company that values inclusivity and helps a extra various and equitable sport for all athletes. Whereas we assist the best to free speech, we are going to maintain individuals accountable for his or her phrases and actions,” the staff mentioned in a press release.
“Regrettably, staff rider Quinn Simmons made statements on-line that we really feel are divisive, incendiary, and detrimental to the staff, skilled biking, its followers, and the constructive future we hope to assist create for the game.
“In response, he is not going to be racing for Trek-Segafredo till additional discover.”
In a while Thursday, Simmons mentioned: “To those that discovered the color of the emoji racist, I can promise that I didn’t imply for it to be interpreted that method. I want to apologise to everybody who discovered this offensive as I strongly stand towards racism in any kind.
“To anybody who disagrees with me politically, that’s effective. I will not hate you for it. I solely ask the identical.”
Staff Supervisor, Luca Guercilena added: “We maintain all Trek employees and administration to a excessive moral normal and our athletes are not any exception.
“We imagine that Quinn has a vivid future as knowledgeable athlete if he can use this chance to develop as an individual and make a constructive contribution for a greater future for biking. We stay dedicated to serving to Quinn as a lot as we are able to.”
On Wednesday, Dutch journalist Jose Been tweeted: “My pricey American mates, I hope this horrible presidency ends for you. And for us as (former?) allies too.
“For those who comply with me and assist Trump, you’ll be able to go. There may be zero excuse to comply with or vote for the vile, horrible man.”
Following his response to the tweet, Simmons was requested by one other Twitter person if he was a ‘Trumper’, to which he replied “that is proper” adopted by an emoji of the US flag.
Along with the suggestion of racism, different Twitter customers mentioned they’d now not purchase bikes from Trek Bikes, the staff’s title sponsor.