By | Been Written
Contributing Writer | Telegraph Local
American cyclist Quinn Simmons was suspended by the Trek-Segafredo team on Thursday after posting antagonistic comments on social media in support of President Donald Trump.
The youngest member to join Trek-Segafredo is 18-year-old Quinn Simmons, who has only been racing on the road for a year and a half.
Trek-Segafredo said in a statement, “Regrettably, team rider Quinn Simmons made statements online that we feel are divisive, incendiary, and detrimental to the team, professional cycling, its fans, and the positive future we hope to help create for the sport,” “(He) will not be racing for Trek-Segafredo until further notice,” according to Seattle Today.
According to a report from Cycling News, a journalist named José Been wrote on Twitter in reference to Trump that she hopes for the sake of her American friends the “horrible presidency ends for you,” and added that “if you follow me and support Trump, you can go. There is zero excuse to follow or vote for the vile, horrible man.”
Simmons replied to Been’s tweet by writing “Bye” with an emoji of a dark-skinned hand waving. Another Twitter user tweeted at Been and, referencing Simmons, wrote “Apparently a Trumper,” to which the cyclist responded “That’s right” along with an emoji of the American flag.
After the exchange, Trek-Segafredo said, “As of today, the rider is suspended and we are deciding on the length of the suspension but we can’t deny that with five races left this season, the probability that he will race again this year is remote,” Guercilena said in a press conference.
AP News says Been ended up deleting her Twitter account following the exchange. Prior to deleting her account, Been wrote that she felt “horrible about the situation and terrible for Simmons to miss his beloved classics. To suspend him would never be my choice.”