Member of the US Football Athletes Council removed after racist speech
Paralympian Seth Jahn was removed from the U.S. Football Athlete Council on Sunday after delivering a racist speech in support of the infamous anti-knee rule, which was officially repealed on Saturday.
The Athlete Council released a statement on Sunday on Jahn’s comments and their decision to remove him from the council.
At least two-thirds of the council voted to remove Jahn, finding that his comments had violated the “Harassment of Prohibited Conduct Guidelines” section.
What did Jahn say?
Before the Athlete Council on Saturday voted to repeal Directive 604-1, the controversial anti-protest rule introduced in response to Megan Rapinoe kneeling in support of Colin Kaepernick, Jahn made remarks in support of the directive and made it realized that he didn’t want it to be lifted.
Jahn, a 38-year-old Florida man who represented the US at the 2015 Parapan American Games on the 7v7 team, spoke for several minutes and made numerous racist, white, supremacist speeches, arguing that peaceful protests “spoiled “are” the victims of military personnel.
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“I’m sure I will pucker a few feathers with what I’m about to say, especially given the Athlete Council I belong to, but given the development of our quote unquote, a progressive culture where everything offends everyone, this one If I’m ready to kneel down for our anthem, I don’t care if I’m defending half of our country, and if you do, I’m not too worried about exercising my first adjustment right, ”Jahn said before the vote . “We’re here to get a different perspective. I also feel compelled to articulate that I am of mixed race and representative of what is undoubtedly the most persecuted people in our country’s history, the Native Americans.”
Jahn claimed he was quoting FBI statistics and said, “95% of deaths in black communities are caused by another black man.”
“I keep hearing how our country was founded on the backs of slaves, even though only about 8% of the total population owned slaves,” he said. “Every race in human history has at some point been enslaved by a different group of people. Blacks were enslaved. Hispanics have been enslaved. Asians who last lived in our country in the 20th century have been enslaved. Natives were enslaved. Whites were enslaved. Shoot, I lived in Africa for 2 1/2 years where I could buy people, slaves, between $ 300 and $ 800 per person per head, depending on age, health and physicality.
“Where were the social justice warriors and news journalists there to give their reflections on these real atrocities? Yet only one country in all of history has fought for the abolition of slavery, the United States of America, where nearly 400,000 men died fighting for the abolition of slavery under the same stars and beams that our athletes have a knee for to take. Your victim is stained with every knee that hits the ground. “
US Football’s Answer
Immediately after Jahn’s tirade during the meeting, US soccer president Cindy Parlow Cone affirmed that the association clearly supports the right of its athletes to protest.
“This is not about disregarding the flag or the military,” Cone said of the AP. “This is about the athletes and the right of our employees to peacefully protest against racial inequalities and police brutality.”
Despite Jahn’s remarks, 71.34 percent of the council voted for the repeal of Directive 604-1.
US football released a statement on Jahn’s racist remarks on Saturday, as did council member and USWNT legend Alex Morgan.
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