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‘Man babies with torches’: Athletes attack far-right violence in Charlottesville

NFL players Chris and Kyle Long, who hail from Charlottesville, Virginia, were among the sports stars who condemned the violence that erupted in the city

NFL players Chris and Kyle Long, who hail from Charlottesville, Virginia, were among the sports stars who condemned the violence that erupted in the city over the weekend.

White supremacists had gathered in Charlottesville to protest against the removal of a statue of Robert E Lee and were met by counter-protestors. On Saturday, a car was driven into a crowd of peaceful counter protestors, killing one woman, 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

On Saturday Chris Long, who won the Super Bowl with the New England Patriots last season, offered a withering assessment of the far-right protestors, who took to the streets with torches. Insanely frustrating. Evolution will favor the self assured … not man babies with tiki torches or people playing militia, he wrote on Twitter. Long chose not to attend the Patriots visit to the White House to meet Donald Trump after their Super Bowl victory.

Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE)

Insanely frustrating. Evolution will favor the self assured… not man babies with tiki torches or people playing “militia”

August 12, 2017

Chris Long added on Sunday that most people from Charlottesville would have objected to the far-right protestors. I havent seen statistics but Id be willing to bet the vast majority of people voicing those white supremacist sentiments were from out of town, he said. The majority of the people that were defending our hometown against ideals like that were from Charlottesville, or students. Its disheartening but I really think its desperation for those folks to feel threatened by us doing the right thing.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/13/chris-long-far-right-protests-lebron-games-charlottesville-violence

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