Monday, 20 August, 2018

Griezmann apologises after posting blackface photo on social media

Griezmann forced to defend himself over blacked-up 'tribute' Griezmann blackface costume provokes racism allegations
Edward Snyder | 18 December, 2017, 03:51

Soccer star Antoine Griezmann has apologized for any offence caused after posting an image of himself on social media in blackface as part of an National Basketball Association party costume on Sunday.

The image showed Griezmann wearing basketball attire with his whole body painted black and wearing an afro wig and was captioned "80s party".

26-year-old Frenchman Griezmann is widely regarded as one of the finest attacking talents in world football, with the likes of Manchester United and Barcelona both having been heavily linked with big-money moves for his signature during the summer.

Griezmann, a 5-foot-9 forward, has been playing for Atletico Madrid since 2014.

Following the backlash, Griezmann has posted a tweet saying that the outfit was a tribute.




'I'm fan of the Harlem globetrotters and the good times, ' he explained.

More than 20 minutes after that post, he added: "I recognise it is clumsy on my part".

After posting his creation to social media, the France global was immediately and understandably hit with a backlash.

Within an hour, Griezmann had deleted the image, posting a message in which he apologised if his tweets had offended anyone.

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