Greek Olympian Voula Papachristou expelled from Olympics for racist tweet

Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristou has been expelled from the Greek Olympic team after posting a racists tweet on her Twitter account. Predictably, the backlash from the Greek social media community was significant. From calling Papachristou “a Nazi” and “Chrysi Avgi supporter”, to petitioning the Greek Olympic Committee to expel her, it was clear that this wouldn’t end well for Papachristou.

And of course, it didn’t as she was expelled from the Greek Olympic team on Wednesday.

Here is the translated tweet that started all of Papachristou’s trouble:

With so many Africans in Greece… At least the West Nile mosquitoes will eat home made food!!!

And here’s Papachristou’s apology:

I would like to express my heartfelt apologies for the unfortunate and tasteless joke I published on my personal Twitter account. I am very sorry and ashamed for the negative responses I triggered, since I never wanted to offend anyone, or to encroach human rights.

My dream is connected to the Olympic Games and I could not possibly participate if I did not respect their values. Therefore, I could never believe in discrimination between human beings and races.

I would like to apologize to all my friends and fellow athletes, who I may have insulted or shamed, the National Team, as well as the people and companies who support my athletic career. Finally, I would like to apologize to my coach and my family.

The freedom of Twitter claims yet another victim.

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  1. Montira says:

    Alas, the burden of being a Public Figure with a social media account–you can’t post absolutely anything you want without the risk of somehow offending somebody and getting into trouble. I don’t condone any of what Papachristou or Morganella said, but I do think that Papachristou should have at least received a warning and a chance to apologize directly to the people affected by her remarks. The same should go for Morganella–he should get a warning, and then simply apologize to the S. Korean soccer team.

  2. Why has the world become so thin skinned that any negative comment about them is made into a major issue. You can say anything about me or call me what you want and I’m going to let it be. What happened to free speech ?

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