The Olympics is supposed to be a time of good will and peace among nations, but sometimes fans can get a little overzealous in their support for their team.
This time, some Lithuanian fans have come under fire after undercover cops found that a few in the group were harassing the Nigerian basketball team by making monkey chants during a basketball game between the two countries.
“One man was arrested on “suspicion of a racially aggravated public-order offense.” stated a Scotland Yard spokesman. This is not the first time during this year’s Olympics that Lithuanian fans have been in trouble. Earlier this week, one of the basketball fans goaded African-American basketball players with the Nazi salute and another made the same gesture towards black stewards.”
So far this year’s games has been relatively free of racial incidents. Aside from the Greek high jumper whose tweet caused her to miss out on the games, the Swiss soccer player who had some disparaging remarks against his South Korean competitors and was sent home by his team, and the horrible coincidence that was the commercial for Animal Practice ,which showed a chimpanzee doing gymnastics, airing right after Bob Costas’ speech about Gabby Douglas’ importance to young black girls, most athletes have been living up to the spirit of the games.