Ricardo Edelmans retirement has been a bit of a shock to a lot of fans.
It comes after a career that saw him play in the NBA, with a lot going for him, including two consecutive All-Star games.
But the retirement has also left the Argentinian sports media in a strange place.
A lot of what he’s done in his career is completely ignored, and a lot has been written about his playing days, but what has never been written is the fact that Edelman was a racist and a racist bigot.
In 2013, Edelman wrote in his autobiography that he would prefer to “eat my enemies than be the one who eats them,” but this was more about how Edelman would “not be the victim” of any type of racism.
“If you’re going to play the game, then you have to be the aggressor,” Edelman said.
“That’s what I would do.
And if I had to choose, I would be the person who eats the enemy.”
“If the white guy beats the black guy, I’m not the one doing it.”
The former San Antonio Spurs player was one of the most famous people in basketball, but it’s hard to understand how people can forget the racist nature of his game.
In a 2009 interview with the BBC, Edelman said he’d like to play “in a country where people of colour have to work and pay taxes.”
The comments came after the white man who was beaten by Edelmann in a professional basketball game was arrested for allegedly trying to kill Edelmens nephew.
He was eventually convicted of manslaughter.
“I was in Argentina at the time, so I don’t know if the situation was right,” Edelelman told the BBC.
“But I don�t know what else to say.
It was racist.
I don´t know if there was a lot I could have done to stop it, because it was like a game of football.”
The man was acquitted, but the story of how a black man was beaten and killed by a white man is still remembered in Argentina.
It wasn’t until two years after Edelms retirement that the world learned of Edelmans racist comments.
In the days following his retirement, there were widespread protests around the world, and Edelman himself was subjected to online abuse.
His comments about white people and sports fans were widely denounced as racist.
On the same day that Edelmans comments were reported to the FBI, the United States Olympic Committee issued a statement saying that the remarks “will not be tolerated.”
“Our athletes are a diverse group, but we are particularly proud of the work they do to promote inclusion and equality in our communities,” the statement read.
“We take these matters seriously, and we will work with our Olympic partners and law enforcement to ensure they receive the support they need to make the right decisions in the future.”
“The most important thing is that racism is never tolerated, and that the Olympic Movement stands up against racism.”
Edelman’s comments were part of a long and controversial history.
While his name has long been associated with racism in Argentina, it has been relatively unknown that the former NBA player was racist or homophobic.
He made the comments about “the white guy” in a 2011 interview with ESPN, and in 2016, the NBA and the US Olympic Committee both released statements that were critical of Edelmal’s comments.
“Racism has no place in sports,” the IOC said.
While it didn’t explicitly say Edelman is a racist, the statement made clear that racism “will never be tolerated in our sport.”
“Racist comments about people of color are not appropriate in any context,” the USOC statement read, “including our communities.”
In 2017, the IOC released a statement that said “racism is never acceptable.”
“We believe that all of us, no matter our race, color, creed, or sexual orientation, have the ability to be productive members of our communities and to serve others in our community.
Racism and discrimination in any form are unacceptable,” the Olympic Committee said.
Edelman had no problem playing in the US and abroad.
“It’s hard for me to believe it was not racism that led to his career,” said Mark Gogol, a former teammate of Edell’s who played with him for five seasons.
“He’s a very talented basketball player.
I’m sure he enjoyed his time in America.
He loved it.
He’s very good at it.”
“You have to have the guts to do it.”
After the Rio Olympics, Edellelmans NBA career was over.
He spent four years with the Spurs before he returned to Argentina to play for the Buenos Aires club Ponce.
In 2014, he and the Ponce managed to get back to the World Cup, where they were defeated by the Argentina National Team.
Edelels comments about black people and sport were widely criticized in Argentina and around the globe. In