American gold medalist Race Imboden took a knee Sunday to protest “multiple shortcomings of the country I hold so dear in my heart,” as explained in his post-ceremony tweet.
The fencing champion tweeted his concerns after the medal ceremony at the Pan American Games. He wrote: “Racism, Gun Control, mistreatment of immigrants, and a president who spreads hate are at the top of a long list..."
Imboden's protest defies a contract he signed with the Colorado Springs-based United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee. In writing, he agreed to refrain from political demonstrations during official events. The USOPC responded with nothing more than a statement of “disappointment" over the breach of an agreement.