Respect the US anthem, like Bolt - Trump points to Jamaican star amid controversy

September 27, 2017
Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt ran right into the middle of the latest Donald Trump controversy after the US president last night responded to critics and protesters of the US national anthem with a clip of the world's fastest man as he puts it, 'showing respect'.

Bolt, during a live post-race interview with Television Espanol during the 2012 Olympic Games in London, had politely asked the reporter to delay her questions until after the playing of the US anthem, which could be heard inside the London Olympic Stadium during a medal presentation.

With the Jamaican flag draped around his neck, Bolt asked the reporter: "Can you cut the interview, is it live? National anthem ..." before standing quietly, while the anthem played in the background. He would afterwards apologise for breaking the interview before answering her questions.




The video of Bolt's move went viral immediately afterwards and is likely to again dominate social media after the US president's latest tweet.

"Even Usain Bolt from Jamaica, one of the greatest runners and athletes of all time, showed RESPECT for our National Anthem!", Trump tweeted, completing his post with US and Jamaican flags plus a one minute and 22 seconds video clip of the event.

The president drew the ire of the sporting community particularly players and owners in the National Football League after he, on Friday, attacked those who had protested against perceived racial inequality by kneeling or raising their fists during the playing of the national anthem before games, by suggesting that they be fired by their team's owners.

Trump also used the term 'son of a b...h' to describe those who had protested during the anthem.

Players, commentators and owners have since rallied against the president in a defiant show of unity across the country on the weekend, with other prominent sporting stars also criticising the US president.

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