Wasps winger Paolo Odogwu was left ashamed of one black and gold supporter after the two got into a heated discussion on Twitter.
Sharing a screenshot of the argument, which was concerning the ongoing protests and systematic racism in the USA, Odogwu wrote: “Are we sure we want this person as a Wasps ‘fan’?
@WaspsRugby Are we sure we want this person as a ‘fan’? Cus I’m not sure I’d want anyone who has the audacity to claim that “I’ve never experienced systematic racism in my life” coming to our games. Something that has been a part of my life for all 23 years. pic.twitter.com/YBl0qgecHf— Paolo Odogwu (@notoriousPCO) June 2, 2020
“Cus I’m not sure I’d want anyone who has the audacity to claim that “I’ve never experienced systematic racism in my life” coming to our games. Something that has been a part of my life for all 23 years.”
The protests began when anarmed black man Floyd was killed in Minneapolis last week after white police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes.
The incident, which quickly went viral has sparked days of civil unrest in America and led to protests across the world by demonstrators angry about the brutal and disparate treatment of black people by the police and racism in society, and demanding change.
But plenty of Wasps fans have rushed to the cause of the winger, commenting with their support.
One wrote: “I’m ashamed that someone who calls themselves a supporter of this club and this sport has such views. Ignorant, bigoted and egocentric moron. He does not speak for the fans of this club who are behind you 100%.”
Another added: “We’re with you all the way. Would love to see @waspsrugby do something about this.”
Skull Wasps wrote: “Sadly you will find plenty with that attitude, who feel the right to lecture other people on their experiences despite never having been in that position themselves, or who think because ‘their mate’ is ok with the language they use then anyone else who isn’t must be a snowflake.”
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5. Danny Grewcock
A second row with something of a short fuse. Picked up a five-week ban after being sent off for kicking All Blacks hooker Anton Oliver in a Test in Dunedin in 1998, two weeks for punching Lawrence Dallaglio in a club match in 2003, two months for biting All Black hooker Keven Mealamu during the first Lions Test in 2005, six weeks for punching French lock Thibault Privat in 2007 and seven weeks for stamping on Ulster flanker Stephen Ferris in 2010. Knew his way to the disciplinary offices!