While U.S. sports has become increasingly politicized in recent years over the issue of whether athletes should be allowed to kneel during the national anthem, one Paralympian has been criticized for his decision to defend standing for the flag.
Soccer player Seth Jahn is facing a mounting backlash from progressives after speaking out in opposition to kneeling during the anthem — but he is not backing down.
Accusing critics of “politicizing sport”
Jahn reportedly received death threats based on his position but responded with a scathing statement aimed at the “hypocrites” within the U.S. Soccer Federation whom he accused of throwing him under the bus. The controversy stemmed from his reaction to the organization’s decision to repeal a policy banning players from kneeling during the anthem.
In his initial statement, he spoke out against “politicizing sport” and issued divisive comments questioning leftist narratives and insisting that there is “zero data” to support the notion of pervasive police brutality.
Jahn went on to claim that “95% of deaths in black communities come at the hands of another black man” and questioned the notion that America was “founded on the backs of slaves.”
Instead, he argued that the U.S. is the only nation to fight for the abolition of slavery, asserting that “nearly 400,000 men died to fight” for that cause.
“Embarrassed to represent a hypocritical federation”
“Their sacrifice is tainted with every knee that touches the ground,” he said.
Jahn was injured during his time in the Army, which included tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.
As for the federations decision to remove him because of “racial harassment,” he spoke out mere hours later with a defiant vow not to apologize.
“I’m embarrassed to represent a hypocritical federation that conducts a complete assault on diversity of thought without even seeking clarifying statements from me in their smear campaign,” he added.
According to his remarks, multiple members of the federation have reached out privately to express their solidarity but were too intimidated to defend him publicly.