Trek-Segafredo suspend Quinn Simmons after Donald Trump Twitter Spat
Quinn Simmons apologises for any misunderstanding as Trek-Segafredo continue to support Junior world champion. Simmons strongly stands against any form of racism.
The 19-year-old responded a tweet from a journalist who had written: “My dear American friends, I hope this horrible presidency ends for you. And for us as (former?) allies too. If you follow me and support Trump, you can go. There is no excuse to follow or vote for the vile, horrible man.”
Bye ????— Quinn Simmons (@QuinnSimmons9) September 30, 2020
Simmons replied with the word “Bye” and reactions came quickly with some users urging Trek-Segafredo to terminate his contract, while others accused him of racism or insulted him harshly.
Simmons used a black hand waving emoji, which has caused widespread contraversy and debate as to its meaning, which Simmons addresses in the statement below.
Quinn Simmons signed for Trek-Segafredo last year after winning the junior road race at the World Championships in Yorkshire, a title he still holds with the category not raced at this year’s event in Imola.
Break a leg, boy. ??— Sean Kirby (@sdotkirby) September 30, 2020
U racist fuckwit. Glad to see your career coming to an end.— Balu Puppy (@balupuppy) September 30, 2020
The fact that you haven’t taken this down @QuinnSimmons9 shows you’re either inexperienced, or you never want to cycle in any competition outside of the USA. Reign him in @TrekSegafredo or you’re off the Christmas Card list— Happy Cycling UK (@safepasscyclist) September 30, 2020
Trek-Segafredo responded to public comments made by Quinn Simmons, "Trek-Segafredo is an organization that values inclusivity and supports a more diverse and equitable sport for all athletes. While we support the right to free speech, we will hold people accountable for their words and actions."
"Regrettably, team rider Quinn Simmons made statements online that we feel are divisive, incendiary, and detrimental to the team, professional cycling, its fans, and the positive future we hope to help create for the sport."
"In response, he will not be racing for Trek-Segafredo until further notice."
"The team and its partners will work together to determine how we will move forward and keep fans and the public informed as to the decisions made in the matter."
Quinn Simmons Puts the Record Straight
Quinn Simmons: "As an American rider, I have always been proud to represent my country. Riding for an American team has been a lifelong dream. A big reason I chose this team was because of the American values behind it.
"To those who found the color of the emoji racist, I can promise that I did not mean for it to be interpreted that way. I would like to apologize to everyone who found this offensive as I strongly stand against racism in any form."
"To anyone who disagrees with me politically, that is fine. I won’t hate you for it. I only ask the same."
Team Manager, Luca Guercilena: “We hold all Trek staff and management to a high ethical standard and our athletes are no exception. We believe that Quinn has a bright future as a professional athlete if he can use this opportunity to grow as a person and make a positive contribution for a better future for cycling. We remain committed to helping Quinn as much as we can."