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ESPN Writer Disturbed by American Flags at Olympics, Cites ‘Rise of White Nationalism’

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EPSN sportswriter William Rhoden suggested Monday that he could not enjoy the Tokyo Olympics’ opening ceremonies because the American flag made him think about the “rise of white nationalism.”

“I love the opening ceremonies, march of countries. Then I realized, you know, man, particularly after these last four years, I had it wrong. Nationalism is not good,” Rhoden said during an interview on “CBS This Morning.”

“We’ve seen the rise of white nationalism. Nationalism is not good,” he said. “And also, this whole idea — I keep thinking back on the Capitol riots, and I saw a lot of, you know, U.S. flags,” he added.

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“So now when I see the flag and the flag raised, I’m like, what — what America am I living in? You know, are the ones that don’t think, you know, we should be here?” he said.

Rhoden also said the nation’s rocky early start in the Olympics should be humbling.

“I think we should be humbled. You know, I mean, this whole last year in this country is about entitlement and privilege. And nobody epitomizes that more than basketball,” he said.

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