Outraged at George Zimmerman’s acquittal, U.S. Olympic boxer won’t wear the flag

Kevin Iole
Boxing Experts Blog

Many athletes erupted in outrage on Saturday when George Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

But rather than just take to Twitter to express his outrage, Terrell Gausha, a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic boxing team, is planning to make a more visible protest against the jury's verdict.

TMZ claims Gausha said he will never wear the American colors into the ring or on his body again. At the 2012 Olympics in London, Gausha frequently draped himself in the flag. But, he apparently told TMZ that would no longer be the case.

How can I wear my stars and stripes proudly in a country where they make a big deal out of Mike Vick dogs, but not a young innocent black male’s life?

Gausha, who is scheduled to fight Julio Garcia on Saturday at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif., told TMZ he refused to represent a "nation with so much racism and hatred."

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He's 4-0 with two knockouts as a pro and will get increasingly more attention as an ex-Olympian should he keep winning.

But he said he'll never again wear the red, white and blue.

When I represented my country in the Olympics, I was proud to wear my flag. I even wore it on my head on the way to the ring. What happened this weekend was a slap in the face.

It will be interesting to see if Gausha, or any athlete, opts to wear a patch or a photo of Martin in honor of the slain teen's life.

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