This past Sunday, George Foreman, a former boxing icon, issued a statement that said he was being pressured by others to stop saying that he loves the United States but will not concede to them and will continue to outwardly show his patriotism anyway.
“For about 54 years, people have ask me not to keep saying ‘I love America,'” stated Foreman in a tweet that went out on Independence Day.
“Well I do and I’m not ashamed,” the tweet read. “Don’t leave it; Love it.”
“Happy 4th of July,” Foreman concluded in his tweet.
The former boxing legend used this message as a caption on top of a photo of himself with his eyes closed while holding the American flag directly in the wake of winning the gold medal for the U.S. at the 1968 Olympic Games.
His tweet hit the web and spread like a firestorm, going viral, and managing to log over 85,000 likes by Monday morning.
For about 54 years, people have ask me not to keep saying “I love America” Well I do and I’m not ashamed. Don’t leave it; Love it.Happy 4th of July. pic.twitter.com/EqWmbWjgbz
— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) July 4, 2021
Way back in 2017, Coleman, who was the world heavyweight boxing champion, went on record taking a similar highly patriotic stance when he issued criticism for the anthem-kneeling former NFL QB Colin Kaepernick.
“The greatest day of my life was when I put on my colors, representing the United States in the Olympics,” stated Foreman. “I love the United States. I love the flag. But there are a lot of people who haven’t found that reason. They don’t strive. They haven’t been brought up with people who were patriotic to even point them in the right direction.”
“A lot of people died so that they can have that privilege” to take a knee during the singing of the National Anthem, he continued.
During the same interview that he made these comments back in 2017, Foreman stated that he had kind words about former President Donald Trump, as well:
… Foreman praised Donald Trump, who played a pivotal role in his personal comeback at age 42, helping to fund and promote his match with another boxing great, Evander Holyfield. Before the fight, Foreman said he was “broke … bankrupt.” But Trump, he said, helped save him financially.
“He’s part of writing those checks so I could be back on the wealthy side again,” said Foreman.
The man’s most recent set of patriotic messages comes as a sharp contrast with statements from high-profile Democrats. Most notable of which was Reps. Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Cori Bush (D-MO), who criticized the U.S.A. and the Declaration of Independence on the Fourth of July.