Wasps players get into nasty argument with fan over club’s decision to partake in Blackout Tuesday
In a time where the World and rugby community needs to come together, things turned nasty online as Wasps players got into an online argument with a fan over the club’s decision to partake in Blackout Tuesday.
What is Blackout Tuesday? – The idea is to fill Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with black squares, freeing up the time usually dedicated to social media for people to educate themselves on the Black Lives Matter movement.
Wasps decided to join Blackout Tuesday by posting a black square on their social media page with the caption, ‘We are all Wasps, We are all equal. BLM 💛🖤’.
Teams, players and organisations have all followed suit, encouraging their followers to take a break from social media so that they can reflect on the issues of today’s society.
Things turned sour however, after a fan decided to post a negative comment underneath the post.
The comment said, ‘Nice virtue signal, won’t achieve anything.’
This led Wasps winger Paolo Odogwu to privately reply to this comment, and a heated argument began on why the post had been made.
The Wasps youngster took to social media to highlight his unhappiness with the comments the fan made.
The tweet said, Wasps Rugby, Are we sure we want this person as a ‘fan’? Cus I’m not sure I’d want anyone who has the audacity to claim that “I’ve never experienced systematic racism in my life” coming to our games. Something that has been a part of my life for all 23 years.
@WaspsRugby Are we sure we want this person as a ‘fan’? Cus I’m not sure I’d want anyone who has the audacity to claim that “I’ve never experienced systematic racism in my life” coming to our games. Something that has been a part of my life for all 23 years. pic.twitter.com/YBl0qgecHf
— Paolo Odogwu (@notoriousPCO) June 2, 2020
As of yet, Wasps have not yet responded to the tweet with Paolo directly sent to them.
However Jacob Umaga, the nephew of Tana Umaga, also supported his teammate in this argument. He even went as far as to say that this fan was no longer welcome at the club.
This follows a new trend of rugby players fighting back against negativity that they see online. Something that we think is brilliant to see.
Why’s there always got to be people bringing it down? Everyone is spreading love and awareness but there’s always someone to try knock us back, this dude ain’t welcome no more https://t.co/mklwNvafpx
— Jacob Umaga (@jacob_umaga98) June 2, 2020
The club recently responded to the controversy, backing Paolo completely in this tweet.
Real Wasps fans are tolerant and stand up against all forms of discrimination. We got you Paolo!! Time to educate https://t.co/pfJipfEHhv
— Wasps Rugby (@WaspsRugby) June 2, 2020