Greek triple jumper, Voula Papachristou, apologized for “tasteless” tweet after nation’s Olympic committee expelled her from the London Olympic Games.
The “tasteless” Tweet was sent on Sunday by Papachristou stating, “With so many Africans in Greece… At least the West Nile mosquitoes will eat home made food!!”
The Hellenic Olympic Committee in response to Papachristou statement and her expulsion from the Olympic games explained, “ (Papachristou is) placed outside the Olympic team for statements contrary to the values and ideas of the Olympic movement.
Her apology the following week on Twitter stated:
“I would like to express my heartfelt apologies for the unfortunate and tasteless joke I published in my personal Twitter account. I am very sorry and ashamed for the negative responses I triggered, since I never wanted to offend anyone, or to encroach human rights.”
With 800 million more Facebook users and over 400 million more Twitter users than the last Olympic games (according to USA Today), social media is more venerated than ever.