Olympic Speed Skater Shani Davis boycotted the Olympic opening ceremony after claiming using a coin toss to decide the US Flag bearer for the Winter Olympics was racist.
As reported by the Chicago Tribune, Davis took offense at how it all went down or, at the very least, expressed his frustrations through whoever was running his verified Twitter account on Thursday.
He implied that race played a factor in the decision.
“I am an American and when I won the 1000m in 2010 I became the first American to 2-peat in that event,” the tweet said. “(at)TeamUSA dishonorably tossed a coin to decide its 2018 flag bearer. No problem. I can wait until 2022. (hash)BlackHistoryMonth2018.”
Hamlin and Davis were among eight athletes being considered to carry the flag in the opening ceremony, ESPN reported. But the voting for the finalist deadlocked between the final two athletes and as previously agreed upon by all participants a coin toss was used to break the tie. That coin toss went Hamlin’s way. But on the day after the announcement of Hamlin’s selection, it appears that Davis is unhappy with the results and feels he is more entitled to carry the flag than Hamlin.
As ESPN noted, Davis has a history of throwing tantrums, and this is not the first time he has caused an Olympic controversy.
“In 2006, Davis — the first African-American to win an individual gold medal at a Winter Games — decided not to take part in the team pursuit at the Turin Games and raised the ire of teammate Chad Hedrick,” ESPN reported. “Their animosity toward each other was obvious at a news conference, when Hedrick brought up the team pursuit and Davis stormed out of the room.”