Trump launched a sensational attack on NFL players who have kneeled in protest of the national anthem during a speech in Alabama in September, challenging the league’s owners to release anyone who engages in the movement started last year by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Last week,Lindsey Vonn implicitly criticized Trump during an interview with CNN about the ski team.
“Well I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president,” Vonn told the news network on Thursday.
“I was asked my opinion and I gave it. I mean, it’s not necessarily my place to be sticking my nose in politics, but as an athlete I do have a voice,” Vonn told reporters.
She added that she hoped to emulate other activist athletes, including former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Vonn is not the first high-profile athlete to speak out against the Trump administration. One of the most celebrated Alpine skiers, Vonn has won 77 World Cup victories, the most for any woman. She caught the attention of the country when she won gold in Vancouver 2010, but has only two Olympics medal
She said she would represent the USA, but not President Trump. Like it or not, he is our President! If you’re selected to be on the USA Olympic Team, you will represent the USA. Like it or not that includes our leader. What she is doing is hate speech. Yes we have freedom of speech, but this is hate speech! If you agree to get Lindsey Vonn off the US Olympic Team