On Sunday, one of the most likable players in world football, Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, posted a terribly insensitive picture of himself in a blackface costume, with the caption, “80’s Party”:
The French striker was immediately blasted for the photo on social media. Forty-five minutes after it was posted, it had not yet been deleted. Somehow. Eventually, over an hour later, it was deleted.
Griezmann apparently posted Instagram videos of himself in the blackface costume as well.
Antoine Griezmann’s Twitter & Instagram pic.twitter.com/8hyCL6I1kt
— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) December 17, 2017
Griezmann posted a second tweet around an hour later, in which he wrote,
“Calm down guys, I am a Harlem Globetrotters fan … it’s a tribute.”
Soon after that, he deleted both, and tweeted an apology. “I recognize that it was clumsy of me,” he wrote. “If I have offended people, I apologize.”
Je reconnais que c’est maladroit de ma part. Si j’ai blessé certaines personnes je m’en excuse.
— Antoine Griezmann (@AntoGriezmann) December 17, 2017
Griezmann is an avid basketball fan who regularly visits NBA games in the U.S. He very easily could have done this costume with just the wig, the jersey and the shorts. It might have even been pretty funny. But he had to go and not only paint his face black, but paint his whole body black. Or at least that’s what it looks like. Come on, man.
Griezmann immediately received considerable backlash, both from fans and the media:
What is Antoine Griezmann thinking?
And is there nobody around him to tell him that is a very bad idea?
— John Bennett (@JohnBennettBBC) December 17, 2017
Atletico de Madrid should suspend Antoine Griezmann. He probably has no idea what he's doing. That's no excuse.
— ⚽️ is a Country (@FutbolsaCountry) December 17, 2017
Me, this morning: How will I manage to hate Griezmann, who always seemed nice, when he goes to loathsome #mufc?
Griezmann: Hold my body paint
— David Rudin (@DavidSRudin) December 17, 2017
I'm already stressed out about Griezmann's inevitable apology saying "a lot of my best friends are black." pic.twitter.com/0UtS3Yb7Yv
— Miriti Murungi (@NutmegRadio) December 17, 2017
This dumbass Antoine Griezmann not only did blackface but he did his whole body.
What a loser.
— Oluwacloutinho (@Nigerianscamsss) December 17, 2017