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Joey Votto Ordered Back To Canada For Kneeling During Reds vs Tigers

Joey Votto Ordered Back To Canada For Kneeling During Reds vs Tigers

Joey Votto Ordered Back To Canada For Kneeling During Reds vs Tigers

Fans ordered Joey Votto to go back to Canada after the first baseman opted to take a knee prior to the Cincinnati Reds’ showdown against the Detroit Tigers at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday.

Votto was one of four players to do the deed during the National Anthem. All the players kneeling did so in public support of Black Lives Matters.

Ever since the death of George Floyd at the hands of police this past year, multiple players across several sports have opted to do the same.

Votto, in particular, was very emotionally impacted by what happened to Floyd and spoke out about it earlier this year.

“I think I’ve changed as a man. I feel my perspective has changed,” he said in an interview.

“I didn’t want to (speak up), but I couldn’t sleep. There was a long stretch where I couldn’t sleep. When it affects me that deeply, I felt strongly about saying something and learning. Every day I’m trying to learn.”

Fans, however, did not take kindly to Votto’s decision.

One was so offended, in fact, that they ordered the 36-year-old back to Canada.

Votto was originally born in Toronto, Canada, and is a two-time Lou Marsh Trophy winner as Canada’s athlete of the year.

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