Remember the two Australian Olympic swimmers who got in trouble posting pictures of themselves posing with guns on Facebook? Looks like Greek Triple Jumper Voula Papachristou is the next Olympic athelete to get in trouble over a gun tweet among other things.
First and foremost, her main offense was her racist tweets about Africans which prompted the Greek Olympic Committee to boot her from the games. Saying racist remarks over social media is always a bad idea, and for that she does deserve punishment. But it’s her next “offense” that really irks me.
The Greek Olympic Committee is also using her recent tweet of a gun picture against her as well. Interesting enough the gun tweet in question is a picture we took of the Sig Sauer Spartan ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ 1911 pistol that we posted from SHOT SHOW 2012. That beautiful 1911 has the historical phrase ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ and a spartan helmet on the grips and slide, it pays tribute to a part of Greek history you would think many Greeks would be proud of. But nope, it’s a gun and guns are bad and not in the “spirit of Olympic competition” according to the Greek Olympic Committee. Wait isn’t there shooting in the Olympics too?
The Greek news site News247.Gr posted about her tweet of the Sig Sauer 1911 in question from our past post (the tweet may have been taken down since, but there’s a screen shot of it to the left). It’s pretty sad that Olympic committees around the world are squashing the dreams of young athletes over harmless gun pictures. Posting racist remarks for everyone in the world to see, yeah don’t do that. That’s just plain stupid. But using a tweet about a gun that pays tribute to the rich history of your country as one of the excuses to boot someone out of the games? Not cool.