A pro cyclist has been kicked off his racing team indefinitely … and team honchos say it’s all because the dude engaged in an aggressive Twitter exchange about opinions on Donald Trump. Here is the deal … 19 years Quinn Simmons – a rising star in cycling – commented on Wednesday the publication of a Dutch journalist on social media, showing his support for POTUS. In the original post (which has since been deleted)… the reporter wrote: “If you follow me and support Trump, you can go. There is no excuse to follow or vote for this vile and horrible man. “ Simmons responded by writing “Bye” with an emoji of a waving dark-skinned hand. The cyclist later told a commentator “It’s true” after the person called him a “Trumper”.
It turns out that Simmons’ racing team – Trek-Segafredo – didn’t like the trade at all… and hit it with an indefinite ban. But the team says the punishment was NOT for Simmons’ pro-Trump political views… but rather, they say they just didn’t like the way he expressed them. “He was suspended for engaging in a conversation on Twitter in a way that we found to be inappropriate conduct for a Trek athlete,” the team said in a statement. Addition of the team manager, Luca Guercilena … “We hold all Trek staff and management to a high ethical standard and our athletes are no exception. “ For his part, Simmons issued a statement on the matter… writing: “As an American pilot, I have always been proud to represent my country. Driving for an American team has been a dream of a lifetime. One of the main reasons why I chose this team. was because of the American values behind it. “ Simmons continued, “To those who found the emoji color racist, I can promise that I didn’t want it interpreted that way. form. “ “For anyone who disagrees with me politically, that’s fine. I won’t hate you for it. I’m just asking the same thing. “