Antoine Griezmann accused of racism after posting blackface picture

18 December, 2017, 00:37 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • Antoine Griezmann

Griezmann was dressed as a basketball player, but the photo of him in blackface sparked outrage on social media.

The picture was captioned "80s Party" and showed the French worldwide and Atletico Madrid attacker in a black "Afro" wig and wearing the jersey/shorts combination reminiscent of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team.

Griezmann's original post had been retweeted more than 15,000 times as the image went viral around the world.

Following a storm of replies on the player's account, Griezmann followed up by calling the costume a tribute to the legendary basketball team.

"Relax, friends. I'm a fan of the Harlem Globetrotters and that attractive era".

That explanation, however, is unlikely to help the controversy over his unfortunate costume subside any time soon.

However, he then deleted both his initial picture and the follow-up post, instead writing: "I agree that it's awkward for me".

He said: 'I admit it's clumsy on my part. "If I have offended some people I apologise".

Naturally, the outfit choice instantly generated a ton of backlash on social media.



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